Preface: “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you’ ” (Jer. 31:3, NKJV).
How do you know when God is in your life? When you’re happy, rosy, cheerful, spirited, and jolly. This can be true but we have a continual battle. Wherever your battle line is, you can take heart in the One who will take time to listen to you. God will make your heart easy when you communicate with Him through prayer.
After completing a year in school, my life came to a standstill. What was I to do and how would I know that God was in the outcome? A huge battle. I asked God in my morning prayers to speak to me. This particular warm April morning my feet left the ground for 22 hours and hit Scotland’s for missionary work lasting nine months. But how did I know that God was in this and my life?
I confronted many battles with daily earnest prayer. Home was so far away, so God was the closest to me. A poem called “I Asked . . .” described my whole experience.
I asked God for strength,
that I might achieve.
I was made weak,
that I might learn to humbly obey . . .
I asked for health,
that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity,
that I might do better things . . .
I asked for riches,
that I might be happy,
I was given poverty,
that I might be wise . . .
I asked for power,
that I might have the praise of man.
I was given weakness,
that I might feel the need for God . . .
I asked for all things,
that I might enjoy life,
I was given life,
that I might enjoy all things . . .
I got nothing I asked for”
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken
prayer was answered.
I am, among all,
most richly blessed!