Recently Kia needed some sort of colorful plant or flower for her morning’s shoots as a background. While driving to her studio, she was pondering how she could get it (cheaply). It wasn’t a big deal, but she knew it would make a difference in her shoots. It would take them from good to great.
On the 2.5 mile drive from our house to the studio, she happened to pass a landscaping crew cutting down branches from a Red Bud tree in full bloom. It was perfect! Kia pulled over, asked for the branches, and the crew cut them to the right size and even loaded them into her car.
As Kia told me the story, she mentioned how she knew it wasn’t just happenstance, blind luck or fate. It was like God answered a prayer that wasn’t even prayed.
We decided on the term Un-prayed Answers.
“So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.” -Ruth 2:3
Ruth was in this same position, but in a much more desperate situation. She and her mother-in-law Naomi were in Israel looking for salvation from Naomi’s extended family. Her husband and sons (one being Ruth’s husband) are dead, and to this point no one has stepped forward to care for them.
I’m sure Ruth and Naomi prayed for deliverance, but Ruth showed up at the fields only hopeful. I can imagine her walking toward this field wondering to herself she if she will to survive another year.
The text says “…as it happened…” Ruth wandered into the very field of a wealthy relative who “happened” to be an eligible bachelor. It was more than happenstance. It wasn’t just blind luck.
It was an un-prayed answer from God.
It was grace!
God delights in showing us grace – a biblical term for unmerited or undeserved favor. So many times in our lives we happen upon a great deal or stumble on the perfect item, person or situation. If we aren’t God conscience, we call it fortitude. It’s really the grace of God.
I challenge you to reflect over the last few weeks of your life. Have you been blessed with good luck, fortitude or positive happenstance? Maybe you received an un-prayed answer. It is God’s gift to you.
Don’t be embarrassed. It’s God’s delight to bless us.
Thank Him for your un-prayed answers.