Getting to Know God
"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" Matthew 7:7-11 (NRSV)
Over 30 years ago, Shelley C. Wu, from California, experienced early-onset menopause. She was a mother and working full-time at a bank while her husband had just changed his career path. Fearing an increased risk of breast cancer, Shelley did not take hormone therapy treatment. As a result, she suffered from many disturbing symptoms.
When Shelley turned to her sister for advice, she suggested that Shelley pray for God's help. Shelley hesitated. Why would God listen to her prayer? she was not even a churchgoer. But her sister encouraged Shelley to pray with all her heart, not worrying about what God would do. By God's mercy, Shelley gained strength in dealing with her situation after praying faithfully every day. As she found peace amidst her challenging symptoms, she began to understand how much God loves her. Shelley started attending Sunday services and studying the Bible with fellowship friends, and she joined the church choir.
All these years God has answered many of her prayers. Looking back, those answers were truly miracles in her life, and her sister was a loving angel sent to Shelley by God. How wonderful it is, getting to know God starting with only a faithful prayer!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for people who guide us closer to you. Thank you for always opening the door when we knock, in Jesus' name. Amen.