Today while sitting in my study I looked outside and there, perched on the window screen was a beautiful goldfinch, bright and cheerful, looking back at this writer of devotions. The encounter lasted for only a few seconds and then it flew off to charm yet another surprised viewer.
Like the finch, unexpected moments happen in life like the impromptu hug from a grandchild or a phone call from a distant and long lost friend. These are sudden and surprising moments one gently places in the treasure chest of memories and the overstuffed scrapbook of yesterdays.
Frequently the answer to prayer also comes at a least expected moment and usually only after the confession of open humility and truthful regret.
Read with vision the words written in the book of Hebrews,
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.”
Before we get caught up in the web of self importance let us remember even David, in the book of Psalms, pleads with his God to answer his prayers of remorse, loneliness, safety, forgiveness, exhaustion, anguish, mercy and repentance. But he also sings the songs of praise, worship and thankfulness. Both go hand in hand, first to honor the Father and then and only then, to lift up our need(s) in prayer.
Listen to the prayer of David found in this wonderful verse,
“Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.”
If we are right with God He will be right with us.