Max Lucado promotes an idea called the Pocket Prayer which consists of:
You are good
I need help
They need help
In Jesus’ name.
I have written that prayer outline on a Post-It attached to the outside of my shower door. As I enter the shower each morning, I see that note and bring my most current needs to the Lord. Honestly, it is the rare day I complete that prayer. My mind usually wanders. My kids say I have ADD.
The method of communicating with God which works for me is to “pray without ceasing” as Paul recommends in I Thessalonians 5:17. That is exactly how I operate: we talk all day long! As something or someone comes to mind — anytime, anywhere, I say silent sentence prayers right then.
The act of severing a 42 year old marriage is long, arduous, filled with potholes, exhausting, frightening, sprinkled with unexpected twists and turns, expensive, fraught with obfuscation, mind-boggling, emotional, unChristian, peppered with untruths, and inevitable. Though a temporary spousal support agreement is signed, the major commitment remains ignored. Festering revelations have come along which I would like to ignore.
Through this process, God has repeatedly reminded me of a verse I learned as a young girl: Matthew 6:26. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” When I begin to worry, that verse comes to mind.
This morning found me literally on my knees. Then I went back to my desk.
For the past three years in this house, House Finches have built nests and raised several broods in my hanging baskets — front and back porches. I have chronicled the amazing stories on my Facebook page. It is November. Birds are not building nests at this time of year, yet, this morning a Papa House Finch came to my front porch hanging baskets as I sat at my desk. I ran for my camera to capture the moment and report back to my Facebook friends. Several minutes later, the truth of the moment came to mind. God sent that bird to tell me — Stop worrying! I have promised to take care of you. Everything will be all right!
God is good!