photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/June 2009
Unexpected Results
originally written 19 Oct 10
posted 30 Dec 10
God’s ways are not our ways.

Years after we left WV, I was told that there were women in the church
(where I first heard about Christ) who were praying for me.
I never had opportunity to thank them for their faithfulness.

Today it struck me…they probably didn’t expect us to disappear like we did.
I wonder what they thought about that!
I wonder if they said, “Well God, that isn’t what we were praying for.”
However, I believe that our escape was an answer to their prayer.

He rescued me from eternity in hell…but He didn’t stop there.
He rescued me from the abuse of a man unyielding to Him.
He rescued me from a lifestyle that did not honor Him.
He rescued me from a life that would not have allowed me
to know Him in full measure.
He brought me out of the old and placed me
in a new location where I could grow spiritually.

We don’t always know why things have to happen the way they do…
but God always knows.

We don’t have to know the why—because we know the WHO.
And we know that Who is trustworthy.

When we pray,
He doesn’t promise to move exactly how we expect Him to move—
but He will move…and sometimes in ways we might never expect.



“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself
intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
And we know that in all things God works for the good
of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:26-28

“However, as it is written:
‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him’
—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
For who among men knows
the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?
In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God
except the Spirit of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:9-11

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind,be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession
and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority,
that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
This is good, and pleases God our Savior,
who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself  as a ransom for all men—
the testimony given in its proper time.”
1 Timothy 2:1-6

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