God always answers our prayers. However, sometimes the answer is a resounding
Not so much of a "no" as a "not in this way"…but yes.
Sometimes "no" is the right answer.
Not sure what you're trying to say.... You're saying that the answer
was NO, you shouldn't have gone to had a nice visit with this lovely
SerenityInspiration to walk up an icy and snowy road instead of
driving it after he tried to make it up but couldn't? Unlikely. I'm
sure people have done that many times without having to pray about it. His story exudes story stretching, over exaggeration, and lack of common
sense. You could use the same logic with every little thing that happens in your
life. I prayed to be safe while traveling, and I was safe - therefore god helped
me to be safe. Meanwhile a family who prays to be safe, but does not end up
being safe... what then?
Whether or not the author would have made it without prayer is not the real
issue. He knows that he has a caring and loving Heavenly Father who takes care
of him. Sometimes common sense comes as an answer to prayer. To me, it is not
common sense to walk up to a house in the ice and snow, but rather inspiration.
He could have just gotten in his car and told himself that he gave it the best
try he could. But instead, he decided to walk up the road only to find that he
could not have driven it anyway. His story exudes faith, courage and trust in
God. God did help him when there was no other way for him to fulfill his
And then there is the now-mythic story of the LDS prophet who, with his
companion, found themselves in a foundering boat. The companion asked,
"Should we pray?" To which the prophet answered, "I prayed this
morning. Now is the time to bail water."
That wasn't a prayer that told you not to continue, that was common sense.
It happens millions of times a day to people without prayer.
"No" can be really hard to take, and sometimes many years go by before
you know why. I have found it is worth the wait, and always with my best
interest in mind.
I don't know if prayer had ant thing to do with how much effort you was
willing to put in to the gift. Sounds like your a really good guy to make the
Great story! Maybe to expand the answer to the prayer... "No...
not with your car. But, yes, with your feet!"
Wow! I'm impressed you even tried!! Plus the driving skills are something
I never heard of in your description of your attempts to get up the hill. But
then I live in the Seattle area where an inch of snow can shut us down and few
of us even try in freezing rain. I reread your description picturing myself
trying that and then realized there is no need to commit it to memory, I would
never try it!!!! Thank you for the inspiring story :)
Answers to prayers can come in different forms, too. Like the time my 3
year-old son answered my prayer as we were sliding down an icy mountain road,
sliding for a drop-off of several hundred feet, with nothing to stop us. He
said from the back seat in a firm voice: "Put the car in reverse, Mom."
So shocked at what was happening, I did not hesitate, and the car came to a dead
halt. We continued to limp down the mountain, first in drive, then in reverse,
until we got to a safe place. I pulled over and asked my son how he knew to say
that. His simple childlike answer was: "Heavenly Father told me. We
couldn't die, Mom. You need to be a mom, and I need to be a
missionary." And he was and much more. And no problems with the car, either!