But now thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you, when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Thought for the Day: God will be with you.
He was really struggling as he prepared to go for his first confirmation class in his new church. Waking up was hard and he lingered drudgingly at home hoping he would not have to go. I, his mother, insisted. We continued struggling and finally arrived at church a few minutes later than intended. Head down on his chest, he went to the confirmation class but still very hesitant to take part. As I left him, my heart ached and the tears began to fall. During confirmation class, I attended Worship. As I sat waiting for the Worship to begin, I texted a few of my friends to pray for my sweet son that he would soon find some new friends and could start feeling special in some way in his surroundings. Without knowing it, my husband had asked several of the choir members, as he is the Minister of Music and Worship, to pray as well. I listened intently to the songs of worship and prayers then the sermon began. The pastor preached on “prepositions” and that in life there are times we cannot go around or over a situation, we have to go through. We have to go through the struggle but we know that God is with us as we go through the pain. I cried more as I thought about my sweet child. At the same time, all of those friends I had texted were praying. I understand that his old confirmation class prayed for him. Several of my dear friends cried with me and prayed. The choir members prayed and offered support. After the service, a couple of precious ladies came up to me to ask how things were going and I shared with them about the pain my son was going through. One of the ladies lives two doors up from us and has a son a few months older than my son so she was very understanding.
A few minutes after worship, my son came and stood beside me. I could tell he was in better spirits than when I left him. Our neighbor’s son came up beside her as well and we were able to let them make a connection. A couple of hours later our doorbell rang and it was that young man asking if our son could play. At first they went outside but it was cold. They came in the house and went up to share time in my son’s room playing video games, which is a great connection for both of these boys. After a couple of hours, the young man left, and our son could not stop talking about the games they played. Then it happened, the doorbell rang again, but this time it was a group of boys wanting our son to come and play. He, without hesitation, put on his coat and ran out the door. This group of boys played soccer and football outside for a long time. As my husband and I watched out the window, we could see our son participating fully in the games with his new friends. Later, the boys all welcomed our five year old and they all went to our neighbor’s home to play in their house. For the first time ever, we had to call our sons back to the house for supper.
As we went through the day and then looked back on the day, we could see prayers answered in magnificent ways. My tears went from pain to tears of excitement as I could see God working through this young neighbor boy. Watching my oldest child play with his new friends, and then my youngest as he was later included, was watching prayers being answered. God heard the prayers of many and He answered in a big way. Today, I am thankful for friends who are willing to pray when asked and for God’s precious way of answering those prayers.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for answering prayers. Thank you for prayer warriors who are willing to pray for us and for our families in time of trouble. You are an awesome God and we are forever thankful for your love. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Those feeling prayers answered