As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:16-17
There have been an abundance of pleadings with God here since school has started. These have ranged from “God, please give us the strength to endure these mornings.” “God, please help us to help him.” “God, come on, now! Can a girl get a break? Just one morning please?”
Evening, morning, and noon I prayed for something that would help us ease the heartbroken and frustrating mornings we were having. I had even prayed for strength to accept that this phase may not end at all.
Sometimes, however, answers come from those he places in our lives. See, I am blessed with a family and friends who have sought to understand the differences in our son that are not apparent by just looking at him. I am blessed with co-workers who understand how hard it can be to put on the “game face” when 30 minutes before you were listening to or wrestling with a screaming child.
While some advice has just not worked with our son, or didn’t apply to our situation, some of it has been an answer to prayer.
“Maybe a visual chart would work? You could give stars for each day he doesn’t cry, and after so many give him a prize.”
Yes, he is visual, actually. To a fault, really. Only because he has to see and know exactly what is planned and for how many days.
Bribery, too? Oh, yeah…I am NOT above that!
Could this be the answer to our prayers? Not some earth shattering, and booming voice from above, but just a mom sharing valuable advice with another. A person sent by Him to walk alongside me.
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. Proverbs 12:15
God’s intention was for us to share in each other’s burdens, so why would he not send wisdom to us through these people? Unfortunately, it is when we try to handle these things on our own, that we forget about the people He has strategically placed into our lives.
When we ignore the wisdom of a friend because we think we have it all handled.
So, I listened. And with the help of family we came up with a reward system. If our little guy could get through the week, get on the bus without screaming, or yelling “I don’t want to go!” Grandma would give him $6. $6 he is reserving for a Lego set.
For a couple of days. But, hey! It worked!
And, if I look back…I only asked for a break. One morning, and I got two of them…two out of the 30 plus we have endured. This. These two days…that is a break!
Even thought we only got a two day reprieve, that doesn’t mean He wasn’t listening, or that I shouldn’t listen to the ones He has sent to me. To their wisdom. Their support. Their willingness to help offer a solution. To provide the answer to prayer I have been looking for.
Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when we received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Maybe his answer to prayer isn’t a multicolored visual chart that solves all your problems. Maybe it’s not the promise of money to pay all your bills, as your reward for being faithful. And maybe the answer only gets you through a couple days.
Maybe it is simply God sending someone to share our burdens with us. To not fix it all, but to offer support and guidance through it all. To not have all the answers, or $6 to offer, but to offer wisdom, and a listening ear.
Yes, God’s gift. His answers to prayer may be the person standing right in front of you. Accept it. Cherish it. And be thankful for his promises. Even the $6 ones.