I will praise you in this storm.

We’ve had an interesting week here. My 2yr old niece ate some caustic soda (a drain cleaner with the same ingredients as lye or paint stripper) and had to be flown to a major children’s hospital for emergency care.

Today, she has been moved to the High Dependency ward and is no longer considered in a Life Threatening situation.

I won’t post pictures because I haven’t asked my sister’s permission, but please do pray for Isabella. She very nearly died and still is in a very critical condition with a long road of recovery in front of her.

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Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Psalm 27:13-14 says: Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’S goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

God has impressed on me the importance of praising him–even when I can’t see how things will work out, or I can’t see his hand holding me. He is here with me (with you), he can be trusted, and I am to praise him regardless of whatever is happening around me. Praise him in this storm.

Today, amid updating my facebook page with new details about Isabella and replying to various kind and caring emails and messages, I had to deal with my own pain. Late last night my tooth became quite painful and got worse over the course of today. 😦

I went up to the hospital and they sent me straight into the dentist, and within 15mins the sore tooth was pulled out. Ah! Blessed relief. I barely had time to pray, but I did. Held on tight to Jesus’ hand and his promises. Trusted him. Praised him in this storm.

Through the love and support of many different prayer chains, and friends both near and far has made this time much more bearable. This is what the body of Christ is supposed to look like: people praying earnestly for each other, offering care, support, and unconditional, sacrificial love. It has been wonderful to see and to experience this in this trying time.

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How about you? How has your week been? Is there a storm in your life that you’d like prayer for? If you don’t want to share in the comments, you can use my “About me” button to send me an email from the form there. I promise that I will pray for you. 🙂 Here’s praying that we all have a much better week than the one just passed.

Blessings, and as one prayer partner has said: God’s got your back. 🙂

OnStar, Navigation, and Prayer

 

I recently spent some time being driven around some beautiful countryside in Colorado. I flew there from Melbourne, Australia, via Dallas, Texas. My good friend (GREAT friend!), Mindy joined me there from Oklahoma.

After we met each other in person at the airport, we picked up a rental car, a Chevy Impala… link here if anyone is interested.

*insert sappy sigh and glazed look* …and set off on our research adventure. Seeing as it was late afternoon by this time, we drove out from Denver toward the mountains, with Golden as tentative destination in mind.

And we got lost…

Several times…

As the sun set beautifully over the mountains and we drove around in circles looking for a motel to lay our heads for the night Mindy suddenly points to the rear view mirror. “Look!” she exclaims. “This car has OnStar!”

I’m sure I just blinked at her, a vacant look on my tired and altitude giddy face. OnStar? Might as well be speaking a foreign language… “What’s that?” I say.

Her hands grip the leather covered steering wheel and she grins at me. “I’ve seen ads for it on TV.”

I blink again.

“You just press the button and it calls them and they give you directions. Should we?” Her finger hovers over the pill size blue button at the base of the rear view mirror.

I shrug. “Might as well.”

She presses the button and the sound of a phone ringing fills the car. We wait, scarcely daring to breath.

A friendly lady answers. “Thank you for calling OnStar. My name is (I’ve forgotten it, sorry!), how may I help you?”

Mindy and I stare at each other as I mute the delighted squeal that tries to escape. Mindy gets it together quicker than I and calmly asks for directions to the closest hotel from where we are. Because, of course, our car is fitted with a GPS tracking system and they can do that sort of thing… The lady asks if we would like her to call the nearby motels and find out if they have a vacancy. Would we like that?

We do a quick happy dance, somewhat hindered by our seatbelts and the fact that we are sitting down. “Yes, please,” says Mindy.

The OnStar lady puts us on hold. The second the car is again filled with the sound of our quiet breaths. I look at Mindy. “How cool is that?” I squeak, not daring to break the wonder of the OnStar mood.

“I know!” she replies.

The lady comes back on and tells us what the 2 or 3 hotels she’s spoken to have said. We pick one and thank her. She sends the directions to our car and we follow the ‘turn left here 200 feet’, ‘continue along Washington St for 3 miles’ etc directions.

And then we miss a turn. And another. Soon we’re lost again.

Mindy presses the blue button. We get the directions again, and this time we find our hotel. 🙂

~~Isn’t that just like prayer?~~

Think about it… we get stuck. Don’t know where to turn. Tired. Weary, muddled. Prayer is simply talking to God. We don’t even have to press a button to talk to him. He’s waiting to reassure us. Waiting to guide us. And if we, if I, get off track then no worries, with no condemnation he again sends us in the right direction.

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The next day we cruise toward the mountains, intent on finding the gold and silver mine that I spoke about in last weeks post. Various road signs flash past, some helpful, others, well, not… I haven’t got a map at this point in our journey, and we didn’t think to use Mindy’s iPhone to find out where we are. She points to the OnStar button. “I’ll just ask if we’re going in the right direction.”

I nod and enjoy the passing view.

OnStar is answered by a man this time.

Mindy speaks up over the sound of rushing traffic. Our car has a sunroof and we slide it back as often as possible. “Hi! I just want to know if we’re heading west on the I-70?”

“Yes, ma’am, you are.”

“Oh, good. Thanks, that’s all I wanted to know.”

She says goodbye and we continue on our way.

~~Isn’t that like prayer?~~

Lots of times I’ve stopped and asked God: “Am I going the right way?”, or, “Do you want me to do this?”, or, “Is this your will, am I walking in it?”

And he answers.

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View on the way to Georgetown.

Another time we were looking for a particular place and were both getting tired, stressed and  a lil bit anxious. We pulled over into a quiet parking lot and locked the doors. Something I’m not used to, coming from a quiet country town where I don’t lock my car, whether I’m in it or not!

The little blue button is getting a bit addictive. Mindy presses it again and a lady answers. She gives us clear directions, and just the right words we needed to hear. Seeing as Mindy and I are both tired and a fair bit relieved we both cry “We love you, OnStar!”

The lady laughs and says she loves us too. 🙂 Isn’t that sweet. Like a cyber group hug. 🙂

~~Isn’t that like prayer?~~

God meets us in those situations that seem a tad bit desperate. He’s always calm, comforting, reassuring. Always says exactly what we need to hear. Note I said ‘need’ not ‘want’ to hear…

And when we cry out to him and tell him we love him, he answers with: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

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I’ve learned that no matter how many flash gadgets and cool add-ons we get, nothing, not a single thing, can be as wonderful, faithful, loving or downright cool as God.

How about you? Have you encountered any electronic devices lately that drive you to prayer? 😉 Have you ever heard of OnStar, or used it yourself?

I’d love to hear from you!

God Bless. 🙂