Tuesday, September 1, 2009

answered prayers

"You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth"
Psalm 71:20

Over a month ago, I posted a picture of Chelsea's sadly withered sunflower. At the end of my post, I shared that I wasn't giving up hope on her flower, but would pray that God would in fact revive it.

Sad to say, it got worse—to the point where I was certain it was completely dead. The stem itself looked as dried out as firewood.

On more than one occasion, I was tempted to pull it up by the roots and toss it in the recycling bin. But then I remembered that I had asked the God of the universe to give new life to Mr. Sunflower (Mrs.?) and decided to keep waiting and praying—Summer wasn't over yet.

A couple of days ago, I went out to water our little garden. And wouldn't you know—God answered my prayers?!?

Sure enough, the previous two flowers were completely dead and withered, but out of nowhere, appeared this precious little baby sunflower.

Oh, how I love miracles!!!

God has worked so many in my life. And yet, I'm still surprised (and tickled.) Every. Single. Time.

God, the Giver of Life and Restorer of Broken Things is beyond worthy of my praise and glory. He is oh-SO-good.

Don't give up hope on God, my Friend. He answers prayers both big and small. Some of your requests may seem ridiculous or outrageous, but God delights in showering you with His love and answering your prayers. (Granted, sometimes He finds better answers and outcomes for us, but they are always, always good.)

Remember the encouragement Jesus gave us when He taught about effective prayer—

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:6—8 (NLT)

He loves you and He will bring good things to pass in your life. Including granting new life to seemingly dead things. Isn't He amazing?!?

Keep hoping and LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

Rejoicing in new life granted,


Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I love how God brought the unexpected. I think so many times we are looking out one door awaiting God's miracle, when the miracle comes at us from an entirely different door. Cute baby flower!
~ Wendy

Andrea said...

Praise God for miracles! ;o)

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read what you just wrote, and how God used it to speak to me. Thank you for continuing to share your insights. They are powerful!

chicknboy said...

what an encouraging post. :)

Anne L.B. said...

Amy, this SO blessed me! I love miracles. They're much more common than we think. The obvious ones like this just beg for their own story.

Thank you for the reminder to keep hope.

Blog Owner said...

Beautiful post, Amy! I was just what I needed to hear.