Answered Prayers?

I have a full retreat update coming soon, but this is on my mind.

I have always thought that you should be very careful when talking about God answering prayers. I just think it looks harsh for a kid struggling with his parents divorce for you to say that you prayed for a good parking spot and one opened up. I mean why would God work out something so trivial and yet not intervene in something so remarkable. (there is a lesson on prayer, free will, our perception of the world, and a million other things here, but I’m not the one to teach it.)

With that said, something cool happened this morning. A few days ago I wrote about my ipod messing up. I have to admit that I was pretty bummed about the whole thing. But there was nothing I could do, so I went to retreat pod less. Well this morning I am laying in bed thinking of the things that I have to do before Wednesday. And I started thinking about my ipod and how I would love to be able to listen to it while I was resetting my youth room. So I said a short prayer asking God to fix it. I don’t really know why I did, because I rarely pray for those type things, but at the end of a long week I just really wanted some small comfort to help me get over the hump.

I guess you already know where this is going, because when I plugged in my ipod today it just went right to work updating all of my songs and podcasts like it had never stopped working. I don’t know if it would have worked if I would have just walked in here and plugged it in or not, but it seems to me that God intervened.

And here is the deal about God and small stuff and big stuff. God doesn’t have a limited amount of attention. Because he is involved with my ipod doesn’t mean that he isn’t involved with world hunger. The aren’t mutually exclusive.

The thing I am learning about God is that he cares about us. I know that sounds like I should know that, but I am not talking in some big cares for the world way, but he cares for us like a lover for his love. That means that from time to time he does little things for us to remind us of his love. Just like from time to time Meredith sends me a card, God sends me little things to remind me that he is still around and he is thinking about me.

God is thinking about me? Wow! That is amazing.  

Update: Alright, so on my way to the car I dropped my ipod and now it doesn’t work. So I guess you will have to figure out what that means? Was it fixed and I broke it, or was it really not fixed at all? Does this mean that God stopped thinking about me? I doubt it, but I can’t believe it is already messed up again.

3 thoughts on “Answered Prayers?

  1. trip says:

    Shane… God has placed me in your life to help you with things like iPods… i do work for apple, and our primary use is to fix people’s broken ipods… unfortunately

  2. -B says:

    Shane, I’ve got two words for you: Creative Labs.

  3. Andy Crouch says:

    I don’t know -B, I still think that the iPod, coupled with the iTunes sorting and syncing ability, is the way to go. The prices are very comparable, and the iPods have more versatility. I’m willing to be swayed though, as I’m in the market for one. What’s your reasoning?

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