“And He took them up in His arms, put His hand upon them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16
yesterday, my son’s geometry teacher called me on my mobile and asked me to take a cab to school and take him to the hospital. i tried my best to calm down, as i thought about how to possibly heed the call. bhoy was still miles away from a meeting in jubail, and there was nobody in our office to drive me to the school.
even if there was, a woman is forbidden here to ride in a car with a man other than her husband. and to take a cab is very risky and equally dangerous, and would probably create more trouble. so i really had no option but to wait anxiously for bhoy to finally get hold of miguel, and do whatever was necessary. it was hard enough to learn that my son was in an emergency situation. but it was harder to be just pinned down on my seat and not be able to do anything for him.
as i waited in agony, i opened the page on which i saved the prayer card of St. Josemaria Escriva (thanks zita!) and just prayed for his intercession. i remembered that when situations get out of hand, i just let go and let God. yes i got really worried as i heard the concerned voice of my son’s teacher, but as i began to pray, a deep sense of calm took over. then i knew that miguel was going to be alright. less than an hour later, bhoy called and said they were already in the parking lot waiting for me. not to go the hospital, but home. miguel was already well and good.
they say God never says “no” to our prayers. He just responds in varying, but always positive ways. i believe so too. He either answers “YES” right away, or sometimes He will say “MAYBE SOME OTHER TIME“. on other circumstances, He will tell us “I HAVE A BETTER IDEA”.
when daddy was recently diagnosed with the big PC, we began to pray so hard for him. even begged God to make him well again. although we know that a miracle would be necessary, we still continue to pray. and it is amazing how, when we pray deeply enough, we lose ourselves to the divine presence of the Lord. so powerful yet so tender that nothing else would ever come close to us. only His loving assurance that everything will be taken care of. and that everything will be alright.
it is also noteworthy how “unanswered prayer” and “an answered prayer” sound almost exactly the same. the difference lies on the strength of our faith in the absolute and divine power of God, and our constant communion with Him in every aspect of our daily lives.
we usually pray in the morning as we start our day. before and after meals. at night, before we go to sleep. during sunday mass or novena days. but to be in prayer doesn’t really need a schedule. nor does it require an appointment with God. anytime is prayer time. if we only learn to place our lives in God’s ever holy presence, then there’s always time and space for prayer.
our prayers for daddy will go on. and on. and on. no matter what. for we know deep in our hearts, the Lord already gave His answer… long before we even prayed for it.
(you may get the prayer card of St. Josemaria Escriva at www.opusdei.org)