Listening

“God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.” Augustine of Hippo

When we pray for things god provides for us. It may not always come in the form we may think.

An example is we may pray for cake. We may desire it and our mouth waters with the thought of it hitting our mouths. We must work for it. Why would god just hand us a cake when we have everything to make it in our kitchen. We have the flour, eggs and basic ingredients. We have to work for the cake.

I heard a story in a meeting. A man was stuck in his house and a flood was coming. Police came and warned him to leave but he refused saying god would save him. As the water rose a rescue boat came. The man said god would save him and refused the boat. As the water rose the man climbed on the roof. A helicopter came by and the man refused helped saying god would safe him. The man drowned and upon seeing god he asked “why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “I sent the police, a boat and a helicopter.”

When I moved to the city I was cleaning out my barn. I had two old bikes that were broke. Together they would make a functioning bike. I really didn’t want to take the time to fix them. I had saw a man walking back and forth to meeting so I asked him he would like the old bikes. He thanked me and took them. He told me he recently got a new job but was concerned about the walk due to the distance. He said he had been praying for a way to get a car to get to work. A few meeting later he rode his new bike to the meeting and thanked god for providing him a way to work. He worked for it.

We pray but we also have to meditate. I’ve learned that praying is us talking but meditating is us listening. Sometimes it’s much harder for us to listen. ❤️

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