This morning I did my usual routine. When the alarm went off, I hopped up, ironed my husband's clothes, and then I climbed back under the covers while he showered and got ready for work. As I was waking, I felt impressed upon to look at 1 Thessalonians. I walked Selden downstairs, got his lunch and kissed him goodbye. I stood, waving in the doorway, as I have for years. And I still could hear in my spirit that I needed to sit down with this particular book of the Bible.
When I leafed through the pages, I saw my small handwriting and a date, 4/16/11 in the margin. What I'd written was "Prayer for going to Sasha and Sunshine." Some portions of Scripture were underlined:
"How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?
Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you." 1 Thessalonians 3:9-11
And there, in the quiet of the morning, I open God's Word, and I see His faithfulness. I see my prayers spilled out in my own handwriting, and I realize I am living in the midst of His answers to my heart's greatest longings.