I never cease to be amazed. I just read something that seriously tugged at my heartstrings. And I knew that, sure enough, I’d have to write about it because it’s at the core of my relationship with God.
You see, for the past three weeks I’d been so busy sewing hand puppets for the grandkids and doing other stuff that I hadn’t blogged. It’d been on my mind daily, but I just hadn’t been inspired. Until this afternoon.
Teapot for two
Saturday, my prayer buddy Mary B gifted me with a delightful little treasure.
“When I saw it, I thought of you,” she said. She discovered the rustic ceramic teapot recently while cleaning out her utility room. “I’ve had it since 1980, and now I want you to have it,” she said.
How could she have known that I have eight very distinct teapots in my collection when she’s never been to our house?
“Look at the inscription,” she twinkled. “If two shall agree, it shall be done.”
The message became the glue that cemented our friendship when she telephoned for the first time in March.
Let me back
Our number one son, called late that morning in March. He was very worried about his doctor’s appointment that afternoon. He’d consulted with the optometrist a couple of times that week, but the prescribed medication had worsened his reddened eye even more. The doctor had been so concerned that he’d scheduled an appointment for him with the ophthalmologist.
With only twenty dollars in his pocket, William worried about the doctor’s bill. He hadn’t been able to reach any of his friends to see if they could help, although he had left a message for Guy, the band leader with whom he works.
“I’ve already considered my options,” he told me. “I’ll take the bus there, but what will I say when I can’t pay for the exam? I can’t put it off,” he continued. “The doctor says I could lose my eye.”
Petitions and praise
I told William not to worry.
“Everything will be all right. I’ve been praying for you to the Holy Infant of Prague and his angels and saints since we got on the phone. Just say ‘praise God, I am healed;’ and you’ll be fine.”
“I’ve got to go!” William said frantically as he noticed the time.
The doctor’s office was in North Austin across town from where he was. He had no idea where he needed to switch buses. He was so tired that he hoped to stay awake not to miss the connection. I wished William well and we hung up.
Sitting there afterwards I felt helpless, but I knew God was listening.
Everything’s going to be all right, I thought.
Just then, the phone rang. Mary B was calling about getting together for a visit.
Unable to hold back, I burst out with William’s story.
“Let’s agree,” Mary B said in earnest, “that where two are joined in prayer, it shall be done.”
She cheered me up and invited me to her house for our first visit.
Feeling lots better, I rode my bike to Mary’s house and, soon after, Steven called to share William’s news.
The ophthalmologist had replaced the optometrist’s medication with a free sample of over-the-counter drops that sold at Walmart for less than two dollars, and the band leader had shown up in perfect time to pay the bill and drive William home. Moreover, the band had a gig to play that evening, so William would be able to repay the money right away. Steven said that William was so happy and so relieved that he couldn’t stop laughing!
Of course, Mary and I were thrilled. We immediately gave thanks and praise, burst into laughter, and agreed to be prayer buddies from that moment on.
Since then, whether we email or visit with each other on occasion as we did yesterday, Matthew 20:20 always comes up: “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.”
The funny thing is that every single miracle catches us off guard. We get so excited that we’re blown away by God’s awesomeness. But we’re also grateful for our special friendship, just another of God’s wonderful gifts.
God’s impeccable timing
Moreover, days like today when I’ve been working here at home, my mind goes off tangents. Or I read something related to what Mary B and I discussed or emailed, and I experience another epiphany related to my favorite passages in the Bible; so off I go in search of more on this journey of faith.
This afternoon, for instance, I was temporarily distracted by the mundane task of deleting links from my favorites, so I clicked on an entry in my blog folder and guess what?
I serendipitously discovered the answer to my two-day-old question on the Infant of Prague blog. The seven dolors are the seven sorrows of Mary!
Again and again I’m amazed at God’s impeccable timing, his sense of humor, and his immense presence in our lives.
We only need to be a little inquisitive and ask the right questions to find the answers we seek.
God does listen! And he does leave us treasures in secret places that we may know that he truly cares, exactly the point that Mary B and I discussed for almost two hours on the front porch in the hot sun yesterday.
So, while our struggles may be uniquely different, our epiphanies keep us connected and, more importantly, close to God’s word.
January 29, 2015
“When we yield to discouragement or despair, it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).
April 9, 2015
If things go well, let us rejoice, blessing God who makes them prosper. And if they go badly? Let us rejoice, blessing God who allows us to share in the sweetness of his Cross (St. Josemaría Escrivá).
April 10, 2015
Just as it is weakness to rest in one’s own misery, so it is strength to make of one’s own nothingness the material for confidence in God. Just as self-pity is the only kind of pity that is entirely useless, so confidence in God is the only kind of confidence that is sure proof against disappointment (Dom Hubert van Zeller, How to find God, 1998).
May 8, 2015
Hope is an eminently practical virtue; it is the virtue that drives far from our heart the specter of discouragement, the most frequent dangerous temptation in the spiritual life. As the inseparable companion of suffering, it confirms and strengthens peace in our soul (Luis M. Martinez, When God is Silent, 2014).
July 25, 2016
Let nothing disturb you, nothing cause you fear. All things pass; God is unchanging. patience obtains all. Whoever has God needs nothing else; God alone suffices (St. Theresa of Avila, from Saintly Solutions to Life’s Common Problems).
November 4, 2016
“God wishes us not to rest upon anything but his infinite goodness” (St. Charles Borromeo).
December 7, 2016
Christ is everything for us. If you wish to cure a wound, he is doctor…. If you desire heaven, he is the way. If you flee from darkness, he is light. If you seek food, he is nourishment (St. Ambrose).
December 16, 2016
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us” (Samuel Smiles).
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