When I woke up this morning, I knew that today was the day for me to put all of life’s distractions away and finally return my focus to being a writer for Him. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but God has been sending me little nudges here and there to let me know that my vacation from writing needed to come to a close.
So this morning, I heeded those little nudges, canceled my lunch date with friends, and immersed myself in prayer and His word. And wouldn’t you know it, I’d made it a whopping ten minutes before a distraction hit.
It came in the form of a text message from my husband. He was having a bad day and decided that instead of waiting until he got home to discuss it with me, he would attempt to lay it out via text. Immediately, I recognized the situation for what it truly was- satan’s attempt to divert my focus away from God and what He wanted me to accomplish.
But I was ready for it. I was determined that satan would not kill, steal, or destroy what God had planned for me today.
Instead of ignoring my husband and his complaints, I sent him a quick response letting him know that he was interrupting a very important time for me. Then I asked him to pray about the situation and turn to God’s word to find peace about it.
And that was the end of that, or so I thought.
I finished up my quiet time by praying that God would give me the words to write, then I opened up my notepad app and stared at the blank screen, and stared….and stared some more. Just as I was beginning to get discouraged, the words rod and staff came to mind. I knew these words were from a verse in the Bible, but couldn’t remember where. I looked it up and found them in Psalms 23:4- Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me.
I thanked God for the verse and began to write a blog post centered around fear. I was just getting to what I thought were some good points when my phone rang. It was my husband, again. He wanted to share with me the verses that God had led him to during his prayer time.
And now, I’ll share them with you.
He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psalms 23: 3-5
It was several minutes before the goose bumps disappeared from my arms and the tears stopped sliding down my cheeks. When I was finally able to tell my husband about my own experience with that same verse, I was met by a short moment of silence, followed by a strangled sounding, “You’re kidding.”
Nope, I wasn’t kidding.
Needless to say, I shelved my blog post on fear for a later date.
I had asked God to give me the words to write today, and boy, did He ever. My husband had asked for peace, and boy, did God ever grant it.
Today, I pray that you never, ever doubt the power of prayer when it comes from a faithful heart. Not only is He listening, He is answering too.
Many blessings to you,