I wrote about this before when I first started the blog, but could not resist revisiting it when I saw the prompt from Scott Bailey was prayer, mainly because this is when I came to realize that some prayers are answered quickly and some require of to wait for an answer. The answered prayer changed the way I thought about the presence of God in our lives.
It really was a dark and stormy night, and with two friends in the front seat, I was in the backseat of a car heading down a mountain in Tennessee. The young man driving could not see anything because of the intensity of the rain. I asked him why wasn’t he using his windshield wipers to help him see better, and he told me that the wipers had not worked for months! That’s when I started getting a little scared.
At first, having no windshield wipers was not an issue, because we could still see ahead of us a good distance. But then, the rain started coming fast and strong, and we couldn’t see hardly anything in front of us but the red lights of the eighteen-wheeler we were following.
There were no guardrails to stop our momentum if we got too close to the edge of the mountain. So, as we kept driving practically blind, I got increasingly scared of going over the side of the mountain to our deaths. I don’t know if I really thought that God would hear my prayer, but I did believe that God could answer.
So, I closed my eyes, and I envisioned those wipers going back and forth. I don’t remember what I prayed, but I silently started to call on God for a miracle. My friends saw me praying earnestly, and although they thought it was useless, they did not make fun of me or ask me to stop. I think they were scared, too, and hoping for any kind of miracle.
After about ten to fifteen minutes of praying, the windshield wipers started working! We were all shocked, but grateful, because we finally saw that we were near the edge of the mountain. My friend swung the car away from the edge just in time! The two of them looked at me in the backseat, and the driver said, “Boy, that must have been some prayer!” It was not the quality of my prayer that started those wipers to working, it was the faithfulness of the One to whom I was praying.
God answered my prayer while I was still praying, and I became convinced of two things. First, God really does hears our prayers. Second, there is nothing too hard for God to do, because He can overcome the natural world. When I saw my friend a few months later, he told me that the wipers stopped working that night and they never worked again!
Scott Bailey’s Daily Prompt is Prayer.