This morning I woke up early to find a mouse sitting on the kitchen counter, eating a crumb, looking down on and watching intently the three cats staring at their empty food bowl waiting for it to be filled. Sigh…you just can’t make this stuff up.
Waiting is hard work. I have waited for something only to find out I already had exactly what I needed within my grasp and hadn’t recognized it.
There was a man named Henry whose home and city was flooded. He prayed for rescue, envisioning God’s hand coming down from heaven and scooping him up, placing him safely on firm land. Soon a neighbor drove by the house beckoning to Henry and offering a ride before the water got too high. Henry politely declined and thanked the neighbor. As the flood water rose Henry crawled up on his roof where he continued to pray. A boat came by hollering an offer of higher ground. Henry declined. As the current ran deeper and faster a helicopter came to hover over the rooftop, dropping a ladder down. “Just grab on!” yelled the pilot. Henry waved them off and continued to sit on the rooftop. Henry soon stood before God, more than a bit perturbed. “Why didn’t you save me? Why did you let me drown? I prayed! I believed and you didn’t show up!” God, who was also annoyed and perturbed responded, “I sent you a truck, a boat and a helicopter! What more did you want?”
Sometimes the answer to the things that stress us are right in front of us. Unless we can stop, take a deep breath and allow ourselves to look outside of the expectation we create, we may not see the answer to our own prayer. This week, stop, step back and take another look. Maybe the answer is there after all.
Create the week you want to experience,