I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. My husband was driving down a highway in northern Utah and I was on the other end of the line, sitting behind a desk in Columbia, South Carolina. Panicked.
As much as I hate to admit it, I am a woman who thrives on routine. Take me out of my routine, and I get flustered. At this point, my husband was about to interview for a job that was over 2,000 miles away from the town where I’d spent my entire life. Twenty-seven years of memories. Twenty-seven years of relative sameness.
Everything about my routine was about to be rocked in every way, shape and form.
In a rushed, anxious tone, I explained to him that I had no place to work in Utah. How were we going to live on one income? Where were we going to live?
He seemed unfazed.
“Sweetheart, it will be okay. Have faith.” His calmness had never been more irritating. But something told me he was right.
At that point in my life, my relationship with God was broken, at best. But I still prayed. I prayed when I didn’t know what else to do.
And just like that, God answered.
Within an hour of the conversation with my husband, I had an interview in Salt Lake City. A position had just opened for the exact same job I was currently in.
Call it coincidence. I call it divine providence.
Even when we turn our backs on God for years, He still pursues us. And even when a prayer is said with just a minuscule bit of faith, He sometimes chooses to answer in a way only He can.
Prayer opens a door for the invisible God to make himself visible through us.
It allows heaven to touch earth, and when the answers come for God’s people to see, to know that what just took place could only be the hand of God moving and working through us.
But we have to watch. We have to wait for a response and expect it to come. Even if the answer is not what we want.
Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (NIV) At this point in my life, I was far from devoted. I was less than lukewarm.
But when I saw the inexplicable way God answered my plea, He grabbed my attention in a way I’d never experienced. That day, God become visible. And I was thirsty for more.
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