I love the fact that Jesus answers prayer. Sometimes I wish He didn’t take it so seriously, or maybe its His humor. He does know I love a good sense of humor. Maybe too, I should be more specific.
Case in point. I asked Jesus this morning to show me something personal. You know, sometimes we like hearing so much, we get on a roll. We just like the fact that someone talks to us and we don’t take the time to process the last thing.
I think I’m getting it, sort of, right now anyway, as this ice bag on the open palm of my hand is melting from the intense heat.
I thought the burner was turned off and I moved the pan from the front burner to the back. I walked away to do something else. When I returned to the kitchen, I took hold of the pan’s handle which was directly over the open flame. For a split moment, I didn’t feel the heat, and when all my senses awakened, I felt the handle, but still didn’t realize my hand was being toasted like a marshmallow.
Needless to say, I jumped back and quickly got my hand under the cold water. Not till then did I notice the blue flame, on low. But the damage was done. Now I am icing it and feeling the effects that are deep beneath the skin. I think it will be okay, but I’m going to feel this burn for a while.
So what do I get from this?
Switching gears isn’t always my strongest asset. I can have my hands in one thing and not realize my head is still in another.
Life just isn’t slowing down. I need to get so much done. Multitasking is a way of life and we are all wanting to keep up. Maybe we should be multi-asking? I need to learn to ask specific questions to get specific answers.
It is okay to have more than one thing going on, but managing each thing and not leaving ragged ends hanging before switching to another gives a sense of completion for that one task for that time, even if you need to pick it up later.
“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” (Js 5:15–17 NIV)
If Elijah could be specific and get answers, why can’t I? But he knew what he was praying for. I am asking to keep focused on one thing at a time. Will you pray for me? Multi-asking. I’m asking a multiple of people to pray for me.
What are your requests? I will pray for you too.
Jesus will answer every prayer, but if we are not specific, the answer may not be either. He may get our attention in other ways.
My hand will heal. Hopefully I will remember it long after.
By the way, I don’t think Jesus is being sadistic. He doesn’t cause my suffering. He uses it. I put my hand on the flame.
He just shook his head.
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