The Intentional Heart of God
Following the death sentence of my car, I took that weekend to seek the Lord. I was at a crossroads: either I stay in Texas and trust God will provide a car for me, or I move up to Washington. My Saturday was marked by the sound of either a worship song or a sermon filling my apartment while I prayed for a clear sign: stay or go? During my search for evidence, I opened up my yearly devotionals – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyers. Both devotions for January 20th focused on Isaiah 55:8-9:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Being on an evidence hunt, I decided to look up the whole chapter. The verses that follow (10-13) give an analogy of snow and rain, mountains and hills (all things Washington is known for and Texas has little of). I had started reading this chapter out loud but when I came to the last verse I could only mouth the words…“No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no more thorn bushes, but stately pines…” and laugh. Then came the nail in the coffin. I could only stare at the sentence in shock: “Monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God.” (my emphasis added)
As I’m sitting on my couch dumbfounded staring at this passage, a 90’s song, When God Ran, came on my shuffled playlist from the group, Phillips, Craig, and Dean. The chorus sings, “He ran to me, held me in his arms, put my head to his chest, said my son’s come home again.” As I sang along without knowing what was happening, tears and crying muffled my singing. And I heard God’s tender loving voice whisper to me, “It’s okay; you can go.”
The following Monday I put in my two weeks’ notice at work and prepared for a move up to Washington State.
God is answering your prayers. Are you being quiet enough to hear His answer?
In the words of Mia Fieldes, “I know what you’re thinking, ‘Yeah, but you’re just looking for God in everything.’ ABSOLUTELY, I’m looking for God in everything.” I looked for God, and He showed up. God is answering your prayers. Are you being quiet enough to hear His answer? Are you giving yourself space to look for evidence of how He is answering your prayers? God is clearly giving us answers. He is not a god of confusion but the God of Truth, transparency, and love. For those reasons He speaks to each of us in ways that are unique to us; in ways that we will undeniably hear our Father speaking to us.