Last fall our water heater quit and needed to be replaced. I am so grateful for a husband who knows how to do such things! He had a new tank in place in no time. I never even had to miss a bath! What he couldn’t do, even with my assistance, was bring the old tank out of the basement for disposal. It was too heavy for the two of us. We would have to wait for family and enlist their help.
A month or so later our son visited for Christmas. He successfully helped his dad load the heavy beast into the back of our pickup. The removal of seven large buckets of water and sediment made the job possible. They were unaware, however, that there was still some water and “gunk” in the bottom of the tank. It had escaped during the removal process, leaving black wetness and goo on several of our carpeted steps. My husband, wielding a shop vac, handled the majority of the moisture, but the black muck and goo were going to be up to me.
With my best can of carpet cleaner and an old flannel sheet in hand, I said a prayer before beginning my task. “Goodness Lord, this looks impossible! Would you please send angels with scrubbing bubbles to help me get this out?”.
Less than a half hour later, I was amazed. The stairs were clean! I started rationalizing about how it could have happened. Great cleaner combined with absorbent rags? Maybe the goo wasn’t minerals after all but just dirt? Then I remembered … I had asked The Lord for help.
I stood embarrassed before Him wondering how many other prayers for assistance I had prayed, then forgotten? Prayers that I had softly whispered, or shouted loudly toward heaven. Unspoken prayers heard by Jesus, in spite of my lack of speech. I wondered how many times I had neglected to say thank You and to recognize God’s faithfulness when I asked for His help?
“Lord, please forgive me. Open my eyes to Your answers when they come.
Help me to never neglect to say thank you!!!
When You ask me to wait, please grant me the patience and faith that I need.
Jesus, thank You for Your patience with me! You love me even when I forget and when I fail.
Thank You Lord that You answer each prayer, no matter what that answer may be.”
Psalm 116:1-2 (NKJV) 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
2Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Psalm 18:6 (KJV) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Psalm 116:1-2 (KJV)I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. 2Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
Psalm 136:1-3 (NKJV) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever:
Psalms 52:9 (KJV) “I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.”