Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Well....an amazing thing happened! You may remember that last week Z was suppose to have show choir try-outs, but he was in so much pain that I made him stay home from school. I was clueless to the fact that if he did not go to school that day that he then became ineligible to try out for choir that evening. When he explained to the director.....she told him that he absolutely could NOT try out, that rules were rules and he should have been at school. Z was crushed and I was crushed for him. He asked me what he should do and I opened my mouth and my mothers words came out. I said...."Say some prayers about it. Talk to God....He will listen." Z said that he would indeed pray, but he knew that he had simply missed his chance at show choir this year. This then gave us an opportunity to talk about praying....but also putting things in Gods hands. We also talked about there being a lesson somewhere in all of this and how it was the hard things in life, the disappointments and loss that were what make us stronger and build the character of who we are. By the next day......Z was actually already looking towards next years tryouts and willing to support all those who made it this year. I saw a lot of prayer working there. (His and mine both!) Z was accepting....and he was moving on.

Move ahead to yesterday. Z had not been back to school since the tryouts and honestly....he had moved beyond dwelling on Esprit. Then it happened.....about 10 a.m. I got a call from the school. Calls from the school never mean anything good for me and since all the schools in town call from a generic number, when I see it come up on my phone, I have to take a deep breath and brace myself before I answer. I never know if David has had a seizure or whether Z has forgotten something and I have to drop everything to go take it to him. Yesterday was no different. As I answered I heard Z's voice and the first words out of his mouth were......"Guess what?" Coming down off my anxiety trip over getting a call form the school, I tentatively said "what?" Then he told me.....that for some strange reason....they still had one opening in Esprit and so they are going to hold tryouts again on Friday after school. Z was told he could try out again! Hmmm! Coincidence? No! Nothing happens without purpose and now....if Z makes Esprit, he is going to appreciate it twice as much and not take one second of the experience for granted.

I have no question in my mind that prayers were answered over this (I don't think Z questions that either.) More over....I believe that this all happened  with purpose and maybe that purpose was to remind us that prayers are both heard and answered. Maybe it was also to teach Z that life is full of disappointments, but life goes on.....and surviving the disappointments just makes you stronger. And maybe....as I said above, the purpose was to also make Z appreciate the opportunities and gifts that he is given. Whatever the case....Z knows that in this instance, prayer did move mountains and penetrated an impenetrable wall. He is truly grateful as am I.....for many reasons.

So yesterday....as Mondays go, was just a pretty okay day. It gives me hope for the rest of the week. It even looks right now....like there might be a bit of sun today. That right there makes doing everything just a whole lot easier.

And so in keeping with today's blog, I think I will leave you with this video.....for obvious reasons. One of the most beautiful songs ever.....The Prayer!
Have a wonderful day!


Catherine said...

I love this blog! We pray rather constantly. In fact Lize used to have a little glass of 'prayer water' next to her bed. If she woke and the glass was empty, she knew she had finished her prayers before drifting off. If it was still full, she would start them again. I used to go by and kiss her as she slept... and if the glass was full, I'd drink it! (God didn't care.) Tell Z congrats and we'll be waiting to hear if he made it.

Donna B said...

Wonderful post. Great life lesson for Z...I believe in prayer too. This was an inspiring message for everyone. Thanks!