This evening I started to think about the marathon I ran this summer and how frustrated I was with the outcome. As I thought about it and the lessons I've learned through the experience I had another thought. It was such a parable of how prayers are answered when we are going through difficult times.
Remember that as I started to struggle, I prayed over and over for help and felt that my prayers weren't being answered? Remember how the thought kept going through my mind, "I'm closer than you know, reach up, I'll take your hand"? I kept saying in my mind, "I'm looking but I can't find you!! I'd take your hand but I can't find you"!!! And then with a few miles left to go, my thick brain figured it out, my son Mr. C was right there next to me and so I leaned on him.
I thought this evening about how that is so often and typical of how our Father answers our prayers! We go through something difficult and we are on our knees begging for help and we can't seem to find it. We want a 'miracle'. We want what ever it is that we are going through to go away right then and there. For life to fix itself immediately and we go on our happy way.......
Have you ever felt this way? I know you have. We all have. We wonder where He is. Is he listening? What we're going through is so hard! We can't take more, please make it go away!
Looking back on times when I've felt this way and have gone through hard times, I see so many times that yes, He is there! He does hear and answer my prayers. Most of the time, it is through those who are around me. We're surrounded by angels who are trying to take our hands if we'll but reach up. Or in my case, just grab my hand because I'm too busy looking elsewhere to notice the angels around me.
I can't say that I loved the marathon experience that I had this past summer but I can say that I am loving the lessons that I keep learning from the experience. This has been one of many........
On a funny ending note, my friend sent me this the other day. Enjoy!