Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.
- Max Lucado
I’m typing one-handed. The other hand is on an ice pack applied to my cheek; I have a fractured upper jawbone because of a freak accident. It’s painful and annoying, and has required reorganizing my week.
I asked God to help me view my situation in a healthy way. After I sent up that prayer, I realized that a month from now my life will be pretty much where it would have been without the break. A year from now I probably won’t remember the date of the fracture. Five years from now this probably won’t even make my Top 10 list of Bad Things That Have Happened to Me.
Bones heal, if we give them time. Other kinds of injuries may never even form, if we ask for God’s help in seeing events from his perspective. Remember to ask. It helps.
Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.