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Sunday, April 3, 2011

When Boys Pray

Nick’s 10th birthday party was in full swing when when a minor crisis ensued.  In the midst of an intense dart gun game that spanned half the neighborhood, Nick’s friend Dillon lost his glasses.  I could see the panic on his face.

“These glasses cost $300!  My mom is going to kill me.  They fell right out of my pocket.”

The game stopped.  The party stopped.  And we looked everywhere.

Doug and I helped the boys comb the nearby yards inch by inch.  We looked in the street.  In the bushes.  Even in Dillon’s pocket.  But the glasses were no where to be found.

I could feel God nudging me. [Note to readers:  I did not hear God speak out loud.  There have been only a handful of times in my life when I think he is speaking to my heart.  This was one of them.  I am not crazy.]

God:  Susan, gather these boys together and pray out loud.  Let them experience the power of prayer.  Give faith a chance.

Susan:  [Intentionally ignores God.]

God:  Susan, I’m talking to you. 

Susan:  I hear you.  But what if we don’t find them.  Besides, I don’t even know some of these boys.  I’m going to embarrass Nick and his friends are going to think his mom is a whack job.

[God is silent, and Susan’s heart continues to burn.]

Susan:  Ok God, you win.  But don’t blame me if we don’t find these glasses.

Before I could change my mind I blurted out, “Ok boys, gather around.  We’re going to find these glasses.  For those of you who are comfortable, I want you to agree with me in prayer.  Watch and see what God can do.”

[Susan: Ok God, there’s no turning back now.  And why did you let me add that last line in?  I sound like a religious fanatic!]

A couple of boys bowed their heads.  A few snickered.  One of them said under his breath, “I can’t believe we are doing this.”

I continued rather loudly. After all, since I had pulled the trigger, I might as well go for the gusto. “God, we don’t know where these glasses are.  We’ve looked and we can’t find them.  You know where they are God.  Open our eyes.  Show us.  In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Less than 30 seconds passed when Nick’s cousin Peter shouted out, “I found them.  The glasses are right here!”

I watched Dillon smile.  Another boy exclaimed, “It’s a miracle!”

I bet God smiled even bigger.


Laura said...

Oh, how I love this story. Isn't it just like Him? To teach mom a lesson this way? :) Though, I must admit, I was holding my breath until the end! Oh, me of little faith...

Good for you, Susan. Did I tell you I received the book? I certainly meant to. It is on its way to one of the cutest little pregnant ladies I know. Thanks again.


tcsoko said...

How cool - the boys will remember that pray works & so will you!

Heidiopia said...

Love this anecdote, Susan! Prayer also helped me mind my diamond earring (AND the back) in the garbage at the preschool. Yes. I have witnesses. :)

mrsgleffter said...

Thanks for this reminder. Often we get so caught up in "panic" mode and forget to be an example to others. Those boys who snickered will certainly remember as will Nick.

As a mother - I needed this reminder to take my children to God when we have a problem.

Charming's Mama said...

I got chills reading this and can I just shout out an AMEN.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

This is a GREAT story, Susan -- and my, you are one brave mom. I love how you admit that you tried to ignore God! Good for you, forging ahead and risking the snickering!

Marla Taviano said...

I LOVE this!! You know they won't forget that moment!!

Erin MacPherson said...

Great story!! How cool that you found them!! And, I LOVE the new blog design... beeeaautiful!

BigD said...

Like your new blog header.
Aren't those moments like that great?

Susan DiMickele said...

Thanks so much -- this was definitely a birthday to remember!

Rachel said...

What a sweet, sweet story. Stopping by from UPB. Would love for you to stop by and visit me too. I believe we have somethings in common! Blessings to you!

Amy Sullivan said...

Yes, yes. . . another miracle indeed. This made me smile, Susan. The little things matter, don't they?


Lovely to meet you through UBP. This is my first year and I am enjoying finding so many great blogs, like yours.


Gg - Notes on the Journey

ps. loved your story and your blog header.

Deidra said...

Goosebumps. In a good way. :)

Dana Dawn Calverette said...

Wow! Our God is so amazing! Love this story!

I'm stopping in for the first time from the UBP and I'm so glad I did!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

When we obey, there is always blessing! And sometimes He gives us a miracle too! What a great lesson for those boys! Love it! Patsy from

Ann Kroeker said...

Fantastic! Love the inner dialogue with God, then you go for it, and our Omniscient God gets the glory (and Dillon gets his glasses).