“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
I was recently reminded in a devotional about God’s instructions to write things down [Habakkuk 2:2-3] – our prayers, answered prayers, our hearts’ desires.
In the old testament, the children of Israel even carved the miracles and great things God did for them right into their rods and staff. This way they’d literally have miracle reminders right at their fingertips to refer to as encouragement the next time they found themselves in a place where their faith became low. “Oh, how could I have forgotten. Thank You, God. I remember that time You provided for me right on time when all hope seemed lost.”
Several years ago, I wrote my first detailed ‘Dear Heavenly Father’ letter a couple of years after I began to follow Jesus. I was in quite a fiery trial at the time. In Isaiah 1:18 God says to us, “Come let us reason together.” So as God’s child, I wrote out a letter to God asking Him to deliver me and my son from my ex-husband (yes, the father of my only child), listing my many reasons, asking for mercy despite the fact that I was the one who chose to marry my ex to begin with.
Before you judge me as cruel, my son and I were in a lot of danger having my ex around. To provide you with just a sliver of the danger, my ex-husband told me he would kill me and hide my body where no one would ever find it – included as one of my reasons in my letter to God.
There’s so much to tell about the miracles surrounding our total deliverance from my ex-husband, but just know that God answered the prayers in my detailed letter to Him, even the part about, “Please make it so he’s deported and can’t return or get to us and hurt us.” Almost exactly two years later, my ex-husband served three years in prison for some very violent crimes (against other people), so terrible that he was permanently deported from the U.S. When it happened, I wept at God’s mercy towards me and my son. I still do when I ponder the magnificence of God’s goodness towards us.
No one could ever make me a doubter of God’s existence. Too many miracles and answers to prayer that were so precise at times that it could only be Him and His intervention.
So this year, I wrote another letter to God called, “Christmas Miracles 2015” about some prayers and desires of my heart I’d love to have answered – why not? Not that God is some heavenly Santa Claus, but that He is my Father, and I believe it touches the heart of God when we show childlike faith in Him.
“How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11)
And Jesus said: “Therefore, whoever humbles himself (or herself) like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).
I pray, whether you ever write it down or not (though I believe it touches God’s heart in a special way when we do), for Christmas miracles to come your way, that the new year brings many answers to your prayers and heart’s desires, for blessings to rain down on you and your households, for turnarounds to take place in your life, for lack to be a thing of the past, for you to be blessed so you can also bless others, for you latter days to be greater than the former days, for God to reward you double for your trouble, for you to place your childlike faith and trust in Him as Father [Isaiah 61:7]. Amen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!