I saw a bear today. Not one in the zoo, either. In the woods. Like 20 feet away. Don't worry; I was in a car. But still, I saw a bear. And it was 20 feet away.
It was an answer to my prayers.
Ummm... for real.
I have been in a season of frustration - where I can't see what God's hand is doing. My prayers seem to be scattered, my thoughts disarrayed, my heart a kaleidoscope - shards of what I know and what I don't not making any sense.
This morning I taught our littles about Joshua and Caleb... you know, twelve men went to spy on Caanan... Over and over again we talked about how Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13-14) knew God would keep His promises.
We then talked about who God is, one of my favorite things to do with kids. (There's a post about that.) Here is the list they came up with:
He is our compass. (He helps us know where to go.)
He sticks like glue. (He is faithful.)
He is powerful.
He is the creator.
He is the King.
He is the Big Boss (Lord of Lords).
He is our Savior.
He gives us every good gift.
He is good.
He is life.
He is love.
And then I asked them: If that's who God is - do you think God can keep His promises? Well, God's people - other than Joshua and Caleb - didn't think so.
It's the same question God asked Moses. How long until they trust me?
In the midst of the restlessness of my heart, I heard the same question. How long until you trust me?
It wasn't a big ah-ha moment... just a little reminder to my What In The World Are You Doing anxiousness.
And then we hit the road, west a little bit, and arrived at Shenandoah National Park. While driving, I prayed that we would see a bear. A few of my friends had seen some, and I wanted to, too.
So, God, who didn't need to, gave me a bear.
He's done this before. Given me wind when I asked for a breeze. Twice he has brought rain right after I prayed. Another time, there was a flamingo when I was begging Him to remind me of His presence.
And this time it was a bear.
I know God is not a genie in a bottle. I know that He is not a cosmic Santa. But I also know this: sometimes our hearts are too stubborn to hear His gentle whispers, so He answers specifically and even dramatically.
And here's the question... If God can put a bear 20 feet away from me after I ask Him to... can't He live up to the promises He has made?