“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” ~1 John 5:15
…and God answered. Today I feel so triumphant. This morning on the drive to work I prayed specifically that God would use me to help someone.
After making some copies during my prep period, I was headed to my room when a student called out to me. I didn’t hesitate when she beckoned me over, but I wasn’t sure she meant me. I did not know the girl. Iheaded her direction and saw that she had a friend with her who was crying. She explained her friend’s dilemma so I invited them to my room.
I won’t go into detail, but let’s just saw I received the opportunity to serve as well as glorify God.
I don’t know why I am so in awe that God knows what is going on with me, cares and hears. But I tell you, I was almost in tears. My road has been a tough one.
As if to confirm that He is indeed listening to me, I received this email today:
I requested to be prayed for a few months ago. How timely this was for me. I was beyond overjoyed! And thankful that He hears!
“The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, the One of Sinai, before the Lord, the God of Israel.” ~Judges 5:5
Everyone living will experience their share of trouble. No one is exempt from it. The Bible clearly states in James 1:2, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, when being the operative word. Thus, facing problems of all levels should not shock us. They certainly do not surprise God.
Wisdom comes from spending time at the feet of the One Most High. His word says that He will be a very present help in times of trouble. He will give us the strength needed to scale the mountains of our lives. He has also given us the Bible to be a “lamp to our feet.” Paul wrote in the book of Romans “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (v.4).
God will speak to you during these times and you only need to be still and listen. Don’t waste your lesson while at the foot of the mountain. Take the time to glean all you can while climbing. Mountaineer Stephen Venables states “The summit is not the glorious climax; it simply is the point when you are furthest from the base. The views are always better on the way up.” There is value in the valley. The Lord wastes nothing and uses ALL things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, Romans 8:28.
Even when our problems are self-induced, He can still work it out in our favor and reroute us. His GPS is greater than any made by Garmin or Magellan. Shift your focus away from the mountain and onto the Creator of the mountain. We will get through. As a result, we will be qualified by God to help someone else overcome their mountains. Problems can serve to purify us. They can also humble us. How else would we appreciate the beauty of healing if we didn’t have pain?
So take heart and really do count it all joy. When we are weak, He will strengthen us. He will give us supernatural ability to navigate whatever we may be going through. He has promised to do so and His Word can never return void.