Austin woke up before Alex yesterday morning. So, I took time to read to him from their VeggieTales devotional… which is really quite biblically accurate & applicable to everyday life.
The devotion for the day was on taking time to stop before decisions & let God help you have the self-control to be patient in order to make the wisest decision. We finished reading, prayed together and went about our day.
I felt like the devotion was somewhat timely as I was planning to make a decision about something later in the day which we had been researching for a couple of months. I was beginning to feel pressured to make that decision due to an imaginary deadline I had imposed on myself. So, I decided to ask the Lord to help me exercise self-control & have the patience required to make the best decision.
Sure enough, later in the day, we came to a point of decision. I talked it over with Angela and we agreed that we both felt like we were making a solid decision. As we wrapped up our discussion, I felt a compulsion that we should pray. So, stopped and prayed a really short prayer for God to give us wisdom, help us know if we were making a right choice and lead us by His Holy Spirit.
An Interrupting Call
We sought advice one more time, and as we did, we didn’t get the response I expected. There was this slight hesitation. But during this hesitation, my phone rang. I sent it to voicemail so we could finish our discussion, but at the end of the discussion decided to return the call to see if it would bring any bearing on our decision.
Sure enough, that interrupting call offered me a different option with what appeared to be a better result. We suddenly had peace in our hearts and knew this new choice was the way to go. And in the end, we saved over $1,000. I don’t know if $1,000 is a lot of money to you, but it is significant to us. And had that call not come at just the right time, I would have made a costly decision. But that call didn’t come by accident or coincidence.
What Delights God
Psalm 37:23 says that God delights in every detail of our lives. When we stopped and invited God into the details of our life yesterday through two short, simple prayers, He did exactly what we asked… because it’s in His heart. He finds joy in helping us with everything we’re facing in life.
No matter how big or how small the details of your life, God cares. He takes notice. He’s interested. And He will get involved to your benefit if you’ll just invite Him to do so.
Your prayer doesn’t have to be big or fancy or even use certain words. Just open your life to His involvement. You might just get “that call” or “that text” or “that idea” that saves you a significant amount of money… or prevents you from leaving when you planned and thereby keeps you from being in an accident… or reminds you of the answer to that tough question on your test.
I don’t know what time of day it that you are reading this blog post, but why not go ahead and stop right now to ask God to get involved in every detail of your life? He’s waiting for you to ask. He wants to help. Go ahead… I’ll stop writing now so the two of you can talk.