Taking time to be attentive

From the revival and reformation series.

Nancy Costa is the Planned Giving and Trust Services officer for It Is Written and resides in Laurel, Maryland, United States.

“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.

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Nancy Costa is the Planned Giving and Trust Services officer for It Is Written and resides in Laurel, Maryland, United States.

May 2015

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