I once heard someone say that when she experienced an unexpected moment of goodness, she thought of it as a love note from God. When she experienced something especially sweet, or when something she expected to be hard turned out to be easy, she felt like she received a love note from God.
I like that, don’t you?
Maybe you run into an old friend unexpectedly, or you get to the grocery store and your favorite whatever is on sale, or you catch a bunch of green lights all in a row, or you see something beautiful in nature, or you just find yourself smiling unexpectedly. Those moments of goodness are love notes from God or what some people call God sightings.
For me, once I start looking for love notes from God or God sightings, they pop up more and more. It’s probably not that they happen more—they were undoubtedly happening all along—but when I draw my awareness to them, I notice them more.
Answered prayers are the same way. The more questions, problems, concerns, and worries I turn over to God in prayer, the more I can see God addressing them in my life.
The thing about answered prayers is this: You have to pray in order to experience answered prayers.
That sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But, it’s true.
You can’t have an answered prayer if you don’t first have a prayer.
I think I’ve held back in my prayer life at times, afraid to ask God for something that seemed too big or too outlandish or too far outside the box. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, I’ve held back because something seemed too small to bother God with. When I’ve held back like that, I’ve really missed out on a chance to be wow’ed by God because when the amazingly big (or small) thing happens, I don’t connect it to my prayer life. Do you know what I mean?
God is God and God is going to do amazing things. Big things AND lots and lots of small things. The question is: Am I going to have eyes to see how God is at work in those moments? Will I recognize the love note from God, or will the moment pass me by?
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