Ada Brownell is my guest writer today. She has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. You can find her blog at:  http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement

THE REWARD

Hebrews 11: 6

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” 

Why does it sometimes take so long for God to answer prayer?

In my book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, I tell the true story of Eddie Rickenbacker and his military buddies being lost at sea in 1942 when their plane went down. I am sure Rickenbacker, a Christian, prayed before, but one day when they knew they would die if they didn’t get food, he called for all the rafts to gather around for a prayer meeting.

The men bombarded heaven, and when Rickenbacker said “Amen,” a sea gull landed on his head. He reached up and grabbed a leg and the guys had a raw lunch, leaving only enough to use for fish bait.

The men received sustenance, hope they soon would be eating fish, and believed they would be rescued—and they were.

I remember many miraculous answers to prayer in my life. We had moved to Thompson, Utah, population 100, three bars, no grocery store except a few items sold in the bars, and no church.

I thought we’d missed God’s will for us. For a year I prayed. Then the Lord did a work in me and I told Him if He’d send a helper, I’d start a Sunday school. Within a week a lovely young Christian woman my age and her two little boys moved to town and we started a Sunday school in the schoolhouse.

One time when we moved from Arvada, Colorado to Pueblo, we’d prayed the Lord would help us sell our house. The realtor brought us the contract when we were loading the last few things in a U-Haul truck.

He’s done miracles of healing in our family. Gary, our oldest son, thought to only have a percentage of his kidneys working, found to be whole.

Doctors thought Gwen, our middle daughter, had multiple scleroses, but tests proved otherwise and she’s fine.

Doctors recently suspected our youngest son, Jaron, had leukemia because of consistently elevated white blood cell count. After prayer and retesting, he was negative for leukemia and the blood count was normal.

Another time, the hand of God shoved our car out of the way of an oncoming truck on an icy mountain pass as I screamed “Jesus, help us!”

God hasn’t always answered the way we wished. We lost our oldest daughter to cancer when she was age 31. But God’s comfort and peace was there. He doesn’t leave or forsake.

Keep praying. God is there.

 

PRAYER: Lord, give me faith to know you’re in all of our tomorrows. You made the world out of nothing and created us for your pleasure. Thank you Lord for your love and answering prayer.
©Ada Brownell March 19, 2014

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