Today’s prompt is “Believe,” which fits into the story of my life incredibly well.
Let’s start with:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
About three years ago, I decided to do some study in Mark. Mark is a book I hadn’t spent a lot of time in. I’d gotten the idea that it was a rehash of Matthew and not a particularly good one. Who knows where I get these preconceived notions?
But I ran into this verse and it blew my prayer life into another dimension:
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. — Mark 11:24, NASB
We are supposed to believe that we have received them — not will receive but have received. WHAT!?! Wow.
Now my husband and I recently found ourselves in a situation of needing to get out of our home very, very quickly and find a rental. We prayed about it, that we were doing the right thing, and that God would guide us in the timing and place. I won’t speak for my husband (though I probably could) but I prayed believing that it was already done or, as my friend Susan says, GAKAT (God Already Knew About That.) And God presented us with steps that fell into place so perfectly that they could only have been orchestrated by Him.
We are human, however, and doubts began to creep in when we bumped into a complication or two. One of the biggest things for me was leaving the small, sweet church that had welcomed me so warmly and that I love with all my heart.
Then just two or three days later, just long enough for the wondering to make me uncomfortable, I ran into a couple I had known before, when we lived in the same mobile home park we just moved back to, and who had kindly taken me to church and back. I’m legally blind and can’t really recognize faces but I thought I recognized their voices on one of the aisles. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want to look foolish if I was mistaken.
Of course, I ended up behind them in the checkout line! I asked if they were who I thought they were and they were.
And I am now going to be attending a weekly Bible study in their home.
I had prayed, believing that God would guide us in making a move, that He’d put us in the right place and show us that He had.
And He did.
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What do YOU believe?