Cycling & Answered Prayer
29“And then, as if God himself had answered my prayers, the most amazing spectacle of the 21st century occurred right before my scrappy little eyes: One of the ladies dropped her chain.” Race Report
Some prayers answered for you became challenges for another. In a harmonious cycle, our challenges persuade us to pray while answered prayers lead to praise!
It’s been a long season in my prayerful life. In an earlier blog about cycling and romance, I posted that I held hope out for that one special guy to share life and cycling. This was after YEARS of a lot of wrong turns, getting dropped, and separations to be solo – to put it in race terms. About the time I was at peace with spinsterhood and planning my little cottage near family, I told God if He wanted me to be with someone He was going to be the one Who arranged it as I was tired of being my own marital Directeur Sportif.
Literally the next day, I went out for the usual lunchtime ride and at the first crossroads, a place I’d ridden through millions of times, awaited Mr. Wonderful on a Specialized. We’ve been riding together ever since, and in a few days we will go tandem for life by marrying up. Prayers do get answered.
Daily time set-aside for inspiration and spiritual growth yield great rewards. Think of those rewards, areas of renewed hope, restored faith, and growing awareness of God. Remember answered prayers. Discover what’s gained in petitioning – greater God awareness. We push pedals, and sometimes we must PUSH spiritually: Pray Until Something Happens. Another cycling advisor has come into your life who listens – God Almighty!
God’s so good, he hears our cry.
He knows our needs before we sigh.
He takes our load, and gives us hope
because he loves us so.
When we pray both night and day,
he’s always there to share our cares.
and give advice if we but ask
because he loves us so. 30Praise Song
31In the Garden
He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
Praise for Answered Prayers
“…many people will give thanks for the blessings we receive in answer to all these prayers.” 322 Corinthians 1:11
We acknowledge our answered prayers and give thanks!
Ponder What prayers were answered in unexpected ways that turned out even better than imagined? Affirm I will keep praying and praising! Watch for a closer walk with God through the act of prayer, as well as all your needs met and some of your wants.
29“Race Reports: Jessi Prinner Reports from Hillsboro-Roubaix,” posted April 2, 2008 http://www.abdcycling.com
30Let God Be Good To You by Lenny Smith and Elton Smith Copyright © 1997 New Jerusalem Music
31In the Garden words & music by C. Austin Miles, 1912