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I’ve Been Praying

I’ve Been Praying

My kids get super excited when we have any snow in the forecast. Okay, let me be honest. I get just as excited as them. Living a little north of Atlanta, we don’t see much of the white stuff. So when we do get snow, it’s a big deal. We rush out to the store to buy all the essentials – bread, milk, coffee, creamer, chocolate, and toilet paper.

A few weeks back, we did get a nice dusting of snow. Just enough to look beautiful, but not enough to make a snowman. We were still excited nonetheless. As we checked both the window and the weather channel for signs of snow, I was reminded of a story from when Grace was four years old.

As I drove to pre-school one January morning, Grace piped up from the backseat and said, “I can’t wait until it snows.” While the high that day was 63 degrees, I had noticed some snow flurries in the forecast for the following Monday.

“Well,” I shared, hesitant but hopeful, “We may get some snow next week, but I’m not sure. It’s awful warm outside. The ground won’t be very cold, so it might melt as soon as it falls.”

Grace sat quiet for a minute behind me in her car seat, and then said, “You DO know that God controls all the weather, right? And it will snow if He wants it to.”

“Yes, honey. I do know that,” I told her.

“Well,” she said matter-of-factly, “I’ve been praying for snow.”

And that was the end of the conversation. Grace had such a strong belief that God would answer her prayer, she didn’t express worry or hesitation. While God is not a short order chef where we can just sit at the counter and ask for items and expect them to appear, He is an all-powerful God. He does hear our prayers and answers them according to His Will and purposes.

When we pray, shouldn’t we all have the same peace Grace did after praying for snow? As a parent, what are some things you’ve prayed for your children? Have you prayed and continued to worry? Let the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, help you guard your mind in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

And in case you were wondering, it did snow that next Monday. Remember? God controls the weather after all.

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at www.sheeptotheright.com.

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