“Don’t forget the cord, or you’ll be in trouble.” I recalled my husband’s words as I wound the Mac laptop cord and put it in my travel bag. Overseas where I was going, there would be no way to replace it, and without the cord, the battery would be dead in a couple of hours.
I finished packing and went to bed, anticipating an early flight. The following morning I rushed around with last-minute details and was finally ready to leave. My bags stood by the front door, and everything was in order. With one hand on the door handle, I bowed my head for a quick prayer, and that is when a verse I had read that morning, during my Revived by His Word devotional, came to mind: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” (Ps. 95:6, NIV).
It occurred to me that I should kneel to pray. For once I was on time and had a few minutes. God could still hear me if I were standing up, but I believed from inspired counsel that whenever possible, I should kneel to pray.
So, I went back to the bedroom and knelt by my bed and had an unhurried conversation with God. My rush was gone, and when I finished, I quietly opened my eyes. It took a few moments to realize what I was seeing on the far wall, still plugged into the socket—the computer power cord! That is when I remembered I had taken it out that morning to send a quick last-minute email. If I had not knelt to spend a few moments with God, I would have left it behind. Taking time to be attentive to God can result in unexpected blessings. —
Nancy Costa is the Planned Giving and Trust Services officer for It Is Written and resides in Laurel, Maryland, United States.