“Before they call I will answer…” (Isaiah 65:24).

He did it! He answered before I called. He even answered before I knew I had the need!…

Last week I posted the bad news about my eyesight.

What saddened me most was that vision blurring meant no more solo driving to see kids and grandkids. It would be both dangerous and irresponsible. Confessing this to my husband, and the terrible driving mistake my poor vision had caused, I experienced the “emotional punctuation” psychologist Harriet Braiker says shows you what you care about: unexpected lump in throat, tears pushing past my will’s resistance. I cared. This mattered.

“We’ll get you there somehow,” my husband said.

Then I realized! God had already provided, had already arranged all the details and stirred someone to call me specifically about them: my next-door neighbor! Talk about convenience!

And talk about “coincidence”! I knew her two kids had settled in the same area as my youngest son–but I didn’t know her daughter and son-in-law now live within walking distance of him in the same city. Lynn had called to suggest we share rides to visit them! And in sixteen years of living next door, I don’t remember her ever phoning me before!

God makes His presence most evident that way–by providing right at our crisis point of need–or of impossible hoping… as in the next two posts about children’s shoes, about God again preparing the answer before His beloved calls…

3 thoughts on ““Before They Call I will Answer…”

  1. It is exciting to see how God orchestrates every detail of our lives. This morning I was reading from the book Crazy Love and stumbled across the encouraging words: “When it’s hard and you are doubtful, give more. Or, as Deuteronomy says, ‘Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake’ (15:10 NRSV)”
    As I was reading your blog, I was reminded of those words.

  2. Oh, what good thoughts! And we just got Crazy Love about two days ago, and started reading it together last night! We read his (Francis Chan’s) 2nd book, Forgotten God, and thought it was excellent.
    Thank you and God bless you–lots!

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