Tuesday, January 17, 2006

This may seem like a very uniteresting and boring photo (it is certainly unusual!), but when I look at it, it brings back to mind a very special answer to prayer:

When I was about 8 years old, Mommy loaded us all up to go play at the park and enjoy the beautiful day. And what fun we had! What a bummer that some of that joy in simple things tends to wear off as we get older. We were all enjoying the swings and slides while Mommy was sitting on a swing watching us all. She started playing with her wedding ring, when all of the sudden - plop! The prongs around the diamond came loose and her diamond fell into the gravel filled pit. Now look at the picture again, and imagine trying to find a diamond among all that gravel!

She quickly had all of us children move to the grass, while she and Grandpa got on their hands and knees and started looking and praying for a tiny little diamond among the thousands' of peices of stone and sand.

Impossible? Sometimes situations seem like that! Yet I remember Mommy told us kids to all pray while she and Grandpa looked. And before long - yes! Grandpa came up with the diamond! Praise the Lord!

Amazing, isn't it? My God answers prayer - aren't you glad? "Be anxious for nohting, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6

Prayer is not conquering God's reluctance, but taking hold of God's willingness. -Philip Brooks


abi said...

What a wonderful story to such a plain picture. It seemed to make it come alive after I read it! God surely is concerned about everything in our lives. I am so grateful that all our requests can be brought to Him through prayer. Thank you too, for the quote under the beautiful flower picture! Your sharing challenged me to call on Him for everthing! How quickly I resort to my own solutions, rather than His. Thank you for the great reminder!

Rachel said...

Ahh....and Bethany, you forgot to mention that the diamond incident happened right at sunset as it was getting dark. Leave it to a big sister to remember all those details! (smile) Great photo to illustrate the testimony. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

My mother once lost the diamond on her ring. It happened that my sister found it on her birthday.