This year has been like a waiter trying to balance too many plates on a tray as he walks to the kitchen through a crowded, loud restaurant.
Wednesday, no school, woke up with plans to do all the preparations for my daughter's slumber party that was planned for Friday, instead…my daughter was very sick. And while I took my long awaited shower in the afternoon, my daughter came into the bathroom, frantic, “Turn off the shower. Turn off the shower!” Ugh! I ask why?..and her answer?...because it is pouring into the bathroom below.
I turned off the shower and pulled back the curtain to see water pour out of the toilet onto the floor, into the hallway, and on it's way down the stairs. I stepped out of the shower, into the big puddle of water, in order to turn the water off to the toilet.
After I turned the water off I screamed for towels. We used practically every towel in the house upstairs and downstairs.
A plumber came. A carpet guy came. And in between the flood and their arrival, I finished my shower, got some of the towels in the wash, and moved a bunch of the stuff in the stairwell into our bedrooms. Clutter everywhere!
Meanwhile, I was not the sweet caring mother that my daughter needed to be tending her while she was sick on the couch. I had to apologize later. It's a humble thing to be a parent, the bad side of me comes out to an audience that I am to be an example too. Uh, do as I say?...
Anyway, my daughter spiked a fever, her cough got worse, I then received a text from my sister that she can’t stop dry heaving and had gone home from work. She is the owner of a business of her own and she normally stays at work no matter how she feels.
Fortunately, the fever breaks and we are able to go to the hospital with the family to see her.
In return I received confirmation of prayers being made for us, encouraging words and devotionals, and a safe place to vent my frustrations and cares through phone calls and text. Knowing my prayer warriors would help take my load to my heavenly Father, gave me a sense of relief.
Asking for prayer doesn’t mean we are weak, lack faith, or anything negative.
A few Sundays ago our Pastor said (very paraphrased) when we ask another for prayer, we see that person has faith and also see God’s work in their life, and we ask them to use that faith and pray for us, with the hope of God’s work in our life.
Ephesians 3:14-21New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
After my prayer walk I felt much better and able to deal with things when I returned home. I take comfort that my daughter is doing better now and my sister came home from the hospital after a four day stay. She will have to deal with some things physically, but she is home.
I felt refreshed and ready to go. And then as my friend said, I went from the mountaintop and slid right back down into the valley.
Again, one thing after another...my friends were there to pray and encourage. And then I receive a text that said, God is your front man! Let God plow the path.
What an eye opener! Choas happens, but God STILL has a plan for our lives.
One of my favorites stories in the Bible is when Peter got out of the boat on a stormy night at sea, his eyes were on Jesus and he walked on water. When his eyes were on the storm, he sank. When he cried out to Jesus, he was there. Then JESUS walked him back to the boat through the storm. Walked with Him through the storm.
I always try to imagine what Peter had to say to his friends when he got back in that boat. What an exciting experience he must have had to be able to walk on the top of water and not sink.
His friends must have had a million questions.
I can only imagine when Peter got in that boat, he had learned and experienced the most valuable lesson ever for the life he was about to live as a follower of Jesus; That is when his eyes are on Jesus...he can walk on water...when they are on the storm...he can't.
And I can only imagine his confidence grew in His Lord, knowing that when he failed, God was right there to grab him, the minute he cried out.
He again experienced God's faithfulness when he failed, the night Jesus was put to death, Jesus included Peter and also talked with him after He rose from the dead, and let him know it was okay.
We still have a long list of things to deal with, but I know God is with us, and the knowledge of the faithful prayers of our loved ones for our situation brings us comfort and strength.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
God Offers Comfort to All
Oh, and here is a wonderful fact from the Bible…many years ago…Jesus prayed for you and me.
- John 17:20-21 (NLT)