Friday, August 28, 2009

Pray... Then Wait

When my computer breaks I usually just turn it off for 24-36 hours and when I turn it back on it almost always works just fine. This technique doesn't work for everything though... unless you add prayer to it. I've found that prayer and patience is the key to to so many of lifes problems. When someone has done something wrong to me and I totally didn't deserve it, instead of getting really mad back at them I just pray, wait and eventually that person comes and apologizes. When I've lost something and have spent days cleaning and searching and think I'm about to go crazy, I pray, wait, and always find it. Always. When my life seems boring, out of control, busy, or just plain poopy (literally) (seriously) (in 3 years I hope to never ever ever have to wipe another person's bum ever ever again), I just pray, wait it out, and eventually it all works out and joy returns. And don't even get me started on the uses of this technique when it comes to marriage. Yup, I've found this magical fixing technique works for just about anything.

Yesterday I was so mad and frustrated about a problem we were having getting the kids into school that I could barely see straight. I did every thing I could, followed my sister's brilliant advice, even tried begging, had my ear glued to a phone all day, and nothing was working. I was starting to loose my cool. I freaked out a little, then remembered my magical weapon. I said a little prayer, relaxed, went out for ice cream, and went to bed in joyful peace.

Today I got a phone call and, just like that, everything is fine. The kids will start school on time. YIPEE!!!

I'm tellin' ya, pray... then wait. Say it with me, folks, pray... then wait. Try it next time you need a miracle, you will be amazed at the results.

12 comments:

TheMuffinMom said...

Amen, sista!!! You got that right!

Incidentally, I have a good friends who once prayed over her broken dishwasher because they were too broke for a new one or a repairman, and after her prayer, it came back to life. Proof positive that God cares about us, no matter how seemingly small the problem!

Becky said...

Hear, hear!! Love this!! Especially because it's a principal I've been learning (the hard way), and one I'd like to adopt permanently. Your little mantra takes it out of my nebulous Growth Wish List and puts it in adoptable format. Thank you! :)

Beth said...

I had a similar experience with an apt when I was in college. It was available, I wanted it, I was denied. I was livid and really wanted to give the landlord a piece of my mind. But I didn't. The landlord changed her mind, I moved in and met my husband within 3 weeks.

Amber M. said...

Thanks for the wonderful advice...you actually made me cry. I need a miracle.

I will pray. And wait.

The Lazy Organizer said...

Thanks for the reminder.

Sonja said...

Lady, I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE BACK! (I hardly ever write in caps, I'll have you know. Only when I really mean it)

I have loved catching up on your posts. Hooray for you for tickling your baby and letting out those magical giggles. It seems like they accomplished what was needed.

Props to you for finishing that yummilicious sundae. You have my respect.

And...this world is definitely in need of more prayers and patience. This woman is in need of more of that. So thanks for the reminder. I'm glad it all worked out.

Cheers!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

You are a very smart lady.

CC said...

Woohoo! (and I'm sure the ice cream bit didn't hurt either!)

MiaKatia said...

I find it amazing how timely your posts seem to be in my life. I really needed this gentle reminder this week and I am re-focused on praying and waiting.

Amber said...

My daughter prayed for us to be able to get in after we got locked out of our condo whilst in the hot tub. Fortunately, we prayed and didn't have to wait too long after that. It was wintertime. :-)

Richelle said...

I need this. Such a great reminder. Even the little things we go through each day can be helped with prayer!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Sounds like wise advice to me. I need to practice it more often.

(Can I ask what the big deal was about starting school?!)