Stories of Answered Prayer: No Prayer Too Small
by Luisa Rodriguez
For my maiden article, I wanted to provide an example of an extraordinary and miraculous answer to prayer. What better way to show the handy work of an ever-powerful God? However, as I meditated on what story to pick, I kept coming back to a simple answered prayer from a child. My child.
For years we were blessed to have lived in a beautiful community in Eastern Pennsylvania. There was a lot about the neighborhood and the community that we enjoyed. But for my youngest daughter, there was something that she was lacking, friends to play with after school. It was magnified in her little mind because her older sister had a good friend that lived two houses down. Her sister who is six years older would play with her friend most afternoons, leaving my youngest alone and yearning for a friend like that. My little one would often cry and tell me how she wished there was a neighbor that she could play with too.
Our community did have lots of kids, but we lived on the outer edge of it and on a main road without sidewalks. That made it hard to meet the kids that would play in their own front yards because it was just not easily and safely accessible. From time to time, I would set up play dates for her and she certainly had quite a few friends at school and at church, but no one that would consistently play with her after school. As a result, my youngest one would spend most afternoons alone.
On a particular day when she seemed really heartbroken about the whole thing, I told her that the only solution I saw was to ask God to find her a friend.
She was on board and for almost two years, my little girl consistently prayed for God to give her that very special friend.
I tried my best to “help" God along. I would scour the neighborhood online website for moms that were looking for after school day care. I thought if I could watch a kid that was similar in age as my daughter, that would solve the problem.
When I thought I had found the perfect kid, the mother found an alternative option with a family member. I became anxious for my daughter, but she consistently kept on praying.
Out of the blue, the most unwelcome thing happened. My husband got laid off. Admittedly, my daughter’s desires took a back seat and my husband and I focused on finding jobs and looking for ways to stay on top of the bills. Résumé after résumé went out and the one job that finally hit for my husband was in the Midwest. We would be leaving our beloved community, church, and home. We were all heartbroken, even my little one.
It is now six months later, and the Lord saw fit to bless us with a home in Illinois in a community with sidewalks! For the first few days in the new home, my little girl would go outside on her scooter and play in the front yard by herself. I could tell that she was hoping to find a friend. I would periodically look out the window to see if she had succeeded, and my heart would sink to find her just sitting on her scooter waiting and waiting. I had seen one little girl ride her bike but no other young kids, so I wondered if our street had the young kids we had hoped for.
Over a week later I was delighted to see a little girl come running from across the street and introduce herself to my youngest. The following day, my daughter came into the house with two little girls in tow. After I talked to them for a little bit, they all scampered out and I followed them out to see what they were doing. To my surprise, there was a herd of children in the front yard waiting for my daughter. It turns out there are three little girls around her age that are immediate neighbors and lots of other kids and siblings who live nearby. We happened to have moved in during a week when most were away on vacation, staying with family, or we just happened to miss.
It has now been over a month since we moved in and my daughter has been in school for about ten days. She has a friend next door in the same grade that walks with her to and from school every day. On most days after school, they play for at least an hour and most often than not, the other little girls her age will join in. Today, Sunday, I almost did not see her at all. She was outside for over five hours playing with her new friends. God is good.
I know that God did not move us all the way to the Midwest just so that my youngest could have those friends (or at least not the only reason). My husband and I are beginning to see His purpose and we are in a place where we will be able to better use our gifts to serve Him better. But in this move, He saw fit to answer my little girl's prayers. My daughter, by God’s grace, certainly does not lack much, so it still amazes me that He would take the time to listen to her small, simple prayer and answer it in a big way. He didn’t just give her one neighborhood friend, but He gave her three!!
When we think of prayer, we often want the big bang. We want to see God part the seas and we want to walk on water. However, we have to be mindful of His continuous answers to our simple little prayers. Remembering His constant faithfulness to those prayers helps us hold on tight during seasons where we feel that God is silent. But it also stirs something greater in our hearts. It reminds us how loved we are and how significant we are to Him that He will meet our needs in the small ways as well as the big. Remember, you are loved!
About the Author
Luisa Rodriguez is a writer and artist who lives in St Charles, IL. Her professional background is in National Security and International Studies. However, recently, Luisa writes mostly about issues that pertain to spiritual growth.
Her daughters are one of her biggest inspirations. Much of her writing centers on female themes and lessons learned from parenting daughters.
However, Luisa’s military studies give her a unique perspective on warfare/military themes in the Bible and she weaves that into her articles. Because of this, she appeals to male readers as well.
Because of her artistic background, she often illustrates her own graphics for her written work and website. You can read and see more of Luisa’s work on her website, Fruitfully Living. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
You can read Luisa’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the first 1st Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.