Answered Prayer

Twice this week I’ve felt God has either talked to me or worked directly in my life. Thought I’d blog it so I can remember to look back.

I’m getting fat. I currently way 219. I’ve gained 6 pounds this month. The Mrs and I are both starting to worry about my health. But I just can’t seem to get myself to do anything about it. I know what to do. A few months on Body For Life and I’d be in great shape, have lots of energy, look great, be healthy. But I haven’t been able to get doing it. It just seems daunting. Seems my whole life will have to get centered around eating and working out. I’m just too lazy for that right now.

On Sunday night I decided I needed to do something. So I got out my iPhone alarm clock and change the wake up time from 8AM to 7AM. I’ve done this before, but have just turned it off. Before turning the light off, I said a quick prayer, “God if you really care about this stuff, help me get up in the morning.”

Next morning my wife was up and out of the house by the time my alarm went off. I woke up and said to myself, “Just get up”. The strange thing was I did. You may not think that is God, but I know it was. I went and ran for 30 minutes.

He gave me a song

On Wenesday my wife woke up at 5:30 in the morning. I didn’t really go back to sleep after that, though I stayed in bed. Before my alarm – still at 7 – went off, I did my daily OMTL reading. It was GPS, a discussion of using your gifts and struggles to achieve your passions. I got out of be after that and bundled up to go run. I plugged the head phones into my iPhone and went out.

I was listening to my Rich Mullen’s play list on shuffle and the first song caught my ear. It was Who God is Going to Use. I’ll put the lyrics at the end of the post. But that morning I could feel God speaking to me through this song. I related to Balam’s donkey and Ester.

Now Balaam, he had a donkey
Who was gentle and true and kind
And the donkey saw an angel with a sword
So he slipped old Balaam past him
And when he done it three times
Well, Balaam got so me mad he beat the donkey
And so the Lord
Well, he gave the donkey language
And the donkey plainly brayed,
“Well, there’s an angel about to strike you from the path”
Then old Balaam’s eyes were opened
And he realized he’d been saved
By his donkey from the angel of God’s wrath

(Chorus)
And a princess pulled a baby out of the water
He was hidden in the rushes
Sleeping in a basket made of reeds
And you never know who God is gonna use
A princess or a baby
Or maybe even you or me

Now Esther, she was a beauty
Who was pleasing to a man
And the man that she was pleasing was a king
But her people’s lives were threatened
By some wicked men’s plans
Nobody knew just how the lord was gonna intervene
Well, Mordecai her uncle, he was honest but he was smart
And he knew that Esther’s beauty was a gift
He said, “Maybe you could cook some supper
Maybe you could change a king’s heart
Who knows but what you come into the world
For such a time as this”

(Chorus)

There was Miriam dancing
And there was Jubal with a harp
There was poor blind Samson
Even Pontius Pilate played a part

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