I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers. Isaiah 65:24 NLT
Living in Orlando provided lucrative employment opportunities; however, there was a price to pay for living near major attractions, i.e, SeaWorld and Disney; constant noise pollution, gridlock traffic, and living between two major streets with 6 lanes that compared to highways in other cities.
One Sabbath following the church service, we decided to visit one of our favorite places; a beautiful marina facing the St. Johns River located about one hour from where we lived. We had experienced some tough work-related challenges during the week and by the time Sabbath arrived, we were desperate for a peaceful place to relax for a couple of hours. The weather was pleasant in Orlando and we looked forward to sitting in our stadium chairs taking in the tranquility that peaceful waters and birds flying overhead provided. Yes, we craved for the much-needed solace from our day-to-day hustle of busy lives in the large metropolitan city of Orlando.
Once we entered the road in front of the river we began to smile and speak of the natural beauty of the earth that God created for humanity. We placed our chairs under a huge shade tree and started to chat about the spiritually uplifting church service while taking in the magnificent scenery of the sun’s rays hitting the water. As we watched the birds gracefully flying overhead the temperature suddenly rose and became unbearably hot; Central Florida is a very moody area regarding weather conditions that include unpredicted torrential downpours, lightning storms, extreme humidity, and very high temperatures. Our attention turned from the therapeutic natural scenery to our body’s reaction of profuse sweating, expressing disappointment, we agreed that the heat was unbearable and prepared to leave. At that moment, a cool breeze embraced our bodies without one leaf stirring on the tree, and it remained until our bodies felt relief. We immediately prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for the divine intervention that we received, and many years later we still reminisce about our miraculous cool breeze.
There is no scientific explanation for what occurred that day, God intervened on our behalf; He always knows what we need in our lives. Even when we fail to recognize that His grace is given freely without us asking for it, God overlooks the limitations of our finite minds, and He shows us that He loves us unconditionally.
When our trials hit hard like the hot desert sun, God is always there to provide the cool breezes that save us from further distress. If we learn to recognize and acknowledge His love in peaceful times, then it will become a natural habit to call on Him when the sweltering heat of tribulations overwhelm us and we are desperate for relief.
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6
Bible Reading: Isaiah 55
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for providing the cool breezes in our lives even when we fail to call on your name. We ask you to forgive us for our lack of faith and our forgetfulness of your love and the victories that you have provided for us in the time of distress. We desire to have a deeper relationship with you. Thank you for your unmerited grace that you freely give without us even asking for it. Please have mercy on us as we do our part in seeking you in the good times and in the bad times. Thank you for the sacrifice of your Son, Christ Jesus. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019