Yesterday I was on the phone with my bank trying to get a new check card before its expiration date. If you’re like me, you’ve probably experienced the agony of using an automated system to get what you want instead of a real live human being. Come on! I think most companies, in fact, have figured out that customers were on to the strategy of dialing “zero” when all else fails. Worked in the past, right? Well, not this time for me. When I pressed “zero” this time, the automated voice kindly informed me, “Sorry, that is not a viable option!”
Well, twenty minutes later (okay it was really ten) the computer gave up on me and directed me to a woman who informed me that my card would not expire until the 30th of this month. Whew! I was relieved. My car insurance company had already threatened to disown me if I didn’t make sure the expiration date was not revised by the end of the month. They promised I would be kicked out of the automatic payment program if I did not contact them immediately. Boo-hoo! After fourteen years of uninterrupted matrimony with such a reputable company, surely I deserved better treatment than that!
My bank reassured me I would get my new card by the end of the month. Hmmmm….I thought. What if that doesn’t happen? Can they be trusted? After all, glitches do happen. I hope they can keep that promise! But I really have no option but to trust that they will do what they said they would do.
That was yesterday. Today I got my new bank card! Now you and I know my bank did not act upon my request that fast. Even UPS or FED X could not have delivered mail that fast! What a surprise!
It was a surprise for me, the recipient, but not for the sender! You see, the card was already in the mail, even before I asked for it!
I was reminded that our Heavenly Father is just like that. Even before we ask, He has already put the answer in motion. He’s excited about answering our prayer. You might ask, “Then why pray if He’s already set things in motion?” It’s a matter of building a trusting relationship! God wants us to know Him, to have an intimate relationship with Him. It’s not just about receiving from His hand; it’s about developing a relationship with Him.
We may not always get what we want, but we can be sure that He hears us and will respond. We may get a YES or a NO or a WAIT. Some say they don’t know how to determine His will. As we spend more time in His presence, we learn to recognize His voice. Maybe it’s time to turn off the noise around us and allow Him to speak or shall I say allow ourselves to listen.
Psalms 139:1 – 3 reads, “O Lord, You have searched me, and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways (NKJV).”