Just Ask

August 1, 2014
by Sharon Y. Greer

Isaiah 65:24 – Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. (NIV)

I have always believed this promise, simply because it is the Word of God. However, when it started becoming real in my life in a practical way, almost as a weekly occurrence, I was totally blown away. His promise moved from my head to my heart.

I needed an e-mail address, but I could not find the business card that had it. I spent half a day searching every room, but to no avail. As the day drew to a close, as a last, desperate measure, I said, "Lord, You know I need this address, and You know where the business card is, so I'm leaving it in Your hands." On my way to bed, I filled my water glass and placed it on my bedside table, directly onto the lost business card! I was sure that I had looked on that table. As I murmured a sheepish "Thank You, Lord", I wondered why I hadn't asked Him to show me where it was in the first place.

I had misplaced my credit card. This time I asked God before I started my search. I refused to get upset, but I felt that my part was to search; it was God's part to locate the card. Finally, as I prepared for bed, I told Him that I needed to call the credit card company and report it missing. On the way, I picked up a pair of shorts to put into the washing machine. As I methodically cleaned out the pockets, my hand hit the elusive credit card amidst a pile of crumpled tissues. When I quit my futile search and left it with Him, He honoured my trust.

Many would say that these are just coincidences. If they had occurred only once or twice, I would agree, but lately I have been literally inundated with these so-called happenstances, and they come to pass so quickly after I ask, and in some cases, even before I ask. I am left in awe as I rejoice and thank Him for His faithfulness.

My computer would not print, so I decided to contact the head of our computer club to see if he could help me. I was about to dial his phone number when I heard the doorbell ring. I was waiting for a call back about a movie that I had selected to buy online which did not play. At the door was a chap from my Internet provider who was in the area, so he just dropped in. He assured me that he would arrange for the movie to download that evening. I mentioned my computer problem, and within minutes, he had resolved it. I felt almost stunned at the speed that God had answered.

Just one more incident. I couldn't find my car key. I looked everywhere, and then said, "Here I go again, Lord. Please show me where my car key is tonight, because I have an early morning appointment." After washing up before I retired, I was drying my face when my eyes lit on a pair of shorts hanging inside the bathroom door that I didn't remember wearing. Yes! The key was there in the pocket. Once again, our omniscient, living, loving God had honoured the prayer of one of His children. Praise Your name, my Lord!

Do these rather peculiar accounts happen to resonate with any of my readers? The exciting truth is that our Father is a God of the small things, as well as the large things, and He takes delight in showing us that fact over and over again. As an experiment, see how often similar happenings occur in your life during the next month. Just don't forget to ask before you let lost things get the better of you.

Prayer: Father, You are so faithful, and You understand the frustrations of fading memories. Help us to trust Your Word when You tell us that before we call, You will answer. Thank You, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Sharon Y. Greer <sygreer11@gmail.com>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    I know another Sharon who once told similar stories. Good reminder.


    This so true Sharon! Thanks for the reminder.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for the senior moments, it matches today’s Thought for today — except sometimes I believe the alternative might be better. God Bless.


    Very meaningful, Sharon. I can identify with your circumstances.
    This represents childlike faith that God hears us and knows our needs. Praise Him!
    God bless.


    Sharon:
    Lovely devotional!!
    I have some friends who refer to these occurrences as God-incidences.
    God bless.


    Yes, it happens to me too. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but certainly when it is important it does happen. There were two separate instances where it was extremely important. These were several years apart but the Lord was with me and I will never forget. Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Oh Sharon,
    It seems my whole existence these days is making sure I put things where I will find them. I have a lot of Alzheimer’s in my family history and losing things upsets me tremendously. Never mind the ‘word’ thing… searching for words.
    I always find solace in prayer.


    Hello Sharon.
    Yes, each and every day God’s Holy Spirit is working with our spirit to fill those little gaps in our memory, sharpening our minds. Sometimes I have had a tool that I needed lying right in front of me, and I am looking all around but not at it! I can relate with you and enjoy what you have presented. Our Father shows His loving kindness to us, more and more, as our time goes closer to be called away. That will be a moment imprinted on our minds, never to be lost or forgotten.
    (USA)


    O My Goodness!
    When I read the scripture verse, I wrote it down.
    I write down different experiences like the ones you spoke about. It truly amazes me how He does that. As far as coincidence, I believe that is a man-made word because it sure doesn’t apply to my God!!
    Some years ago, I met with a minister who said after praying about us getting together, God told him some things about me. He was dead right on what he said.
    Awesome God we serve for sure. God bless you.


    Thanks Sharon,
    Over the years I have experienced similar “God assists.”
    Even just at this moment, I had moved on to my next message and was led to a “closing computer” page I don’t normally use for other selection purposes.
    One of the selections at the top of this page was CROSSWORDS; One of my wife’s favourite pastimes.
    Neither my wife nor I, due to poor computer skills, had previously been able to successfully access such a program.
    So I thank You Father for blessing us even when we had forgotten to ask for Your assistance.
    Blessings.


    Your message did indeed resonate! I too misplace keys, papers, cards, etc. and try to remember to ask before I get stressed and frustrated with my failing memory! Your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you.


    Thank you, Sharon!
    Yes, I can relate to that. Keep up the good work, sister. Let us never grow weary of telling how amazing our God is. In Jesus name, power and presence!
    (B.C.)


    Dear Sharon,
    Do these rather peculiar accounts happen to resonate with any of my readers? The exciting truth is that our Father is a God of the small things, as well as the large things, and He takes delight in showing us that fact over and over again. As an experiment, see how often similar happenings occur in your life during the next month. Just don’t forget to ask before you let lost things get the better of you.
    They sure do resonate with me. We do have a faithful God who hears and answers. Let’s depend increasingly on him.


    Dear friend in Christ,
    All I can say at this time is Amen.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    God bless.


    Dear Sharon;
    It is always good to read about how quickly God answers our prayers and when He does, we just simply say “Wow”. Great devotional.


    Dear Sharon,
    This message is priceless. I smiled to myself the whole time as I read it!
    Yes, indeed, I can certainly identify!
    Thank you.
    Blessings.


    May God bless you abundantly. I am really blessed by your devotion.

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