Craigslist, Auto Trader and Carmax. These are the websites I have been browsing the past week in search of a car for my daughter. Today, after the test drive of a car that ran rough and had bad brakes, I began to worry about finding a reliable car for her.
My heart turned to the Lord in prayer. But I realized it was anxious and worried prayer, not trusting and faith-filled. I adjusted my attitude and began to thank God that He knew our need and to trust that He could and would supply it. Then a thought occurred to me: "Remember!" "Remember the times I have provided a car for your family. Remember the ways I have answered your prayers."
And I did! I remembered the time I quietly prayed for a car for my oldest son his senior year of college. My in-laws called the very next week, offering to give my son one of their cars. Then, I remembered the quiet prayers I said for my second-born son after the old car he'd been driving gave out the night of his engagement to his sweetheart. Two weeks later, my husband and I were invited to a fund raiser in Los Angeles. We attended the event and I was stunned, at the end of the evening, when my name was announced from a winning raffle ticket for a brand new car. On our drive back to San Diego, we talked and prayed (and I cried) about what to do with this surprise blessing. By the time we arrived home, we knew God had answered our prayers for a car for our son and his soon-to-be-bride.
Then I remembered the journal I began keeping in January 2005. It is different from my daily prayer journals. This journal is a record of life's highlights, answers to prayer and promises from the Lord. On the front cover I've written these words from Exodus 17:14, "After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, 'Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud...'"
I don't know about you, but sometimes my faith wavers. I feel weak, discouraged, frightened and worried. It is at these times when I find great comfort, strength and assurance as I remember what God has done in the past. Keeping a written record these past few years, something that I can read and re-read, has helped to replenish, revive and restore my faith.
I pray that when you find yourself anxious and worried, or your faith is wavering a bit, that you will remember what the Lord has done for you, the prayers he has answered and the promises He has given!
Write it down, read it aloud and remember that He will always take care of you!