Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Partners with angels

my painting of a Raphael angel - oil on canvas


I wasn't eavesdropping. Your voice carried into the quiet of my home, through the open windows. Loud, worried words caught my attention and caused me to stop, listen, and pray. Pray for you, your family, the guy you were talking to. "God, help them all. Give them wisdom and protect them". It occured to me, Lord, how amazing it is, how you strategically place your people, eyes and ears open.

I thought of Amy, who last week shared her story of the lost girl she was moved to pray for. And another soul sister (I wish I could remember her name) who upon seeing the rumpled guy stumble out of the mini-mart, was first frightened, but whose fear melted into compassion when she really looked at him, and prayed for him.

When I remember these things, when I get to participate, then my insides sing How Great Thou Art, because You are there, and we Your children were born for times such as this. Partners with angels. Prayers like incense. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


Joining Emily today

23 comments:

Lauri said...

thank you for your openness to divine appointment and for praying when called to! what a blessing to have a God who answers prayer that we can bring the needs of strangers too and trust He will work His will in their lives.... and to know that He has chosen to involve us in that work!

Wandering On Purpose said...

Thank you for your reminder that we are in our places and times for a purpose.

JoAnn said...

Your prayers are so valuable, and I love that you are so willing to petition on the behalf of us all, rumpled or not.
I think the most exciting part of life is seeing God work!

Melissa | Madabella: made beautiful said...

yes, prayers of incense rising up where Savior hears and angels rejoice...a holy union is made with people unknown when our prayers rise up...how awesome is our God...

Brian Miller said...

smiles. your worship is beautiful...amen.

my imperfect prose

Jodi said...

I wish I could remember the name of the blog that told the story of the guy coming out of the mini-mart. It was so good.

Shauna said...

God leaves nothing to chance, but places HIs children to be used, for our good and for His glory. This was a stunning reminder, beautifully written.

Claudia said...

first Jodi - your painting is beautiful - and it's so great that you prayed for those people and not got angry because they disturbed your life...wish i would do this more often - should start today...

Nancy said...

Love the painting. Love the phrase, "partners with angels." It's a beautiful way to remember to be attentive, to look for and act on those opportunities God gives us to be a blessing to others.

keLi said...

just reading this and nodding. much truth here.

Rayanne said...

I just love you Jodi.
and your painting is breathtaking.
Thank you for praying.
Thank you for your friendship.
Thank you for listening.

Leslie said...

This painting takes my breath away.

amy said...

oh jodi, beautiful painting, beautiful writing, a beautiful, beautiful heart you have.

partners with angels... yes, yes and amen.

Kit said...

mmm mmm mmm. amen and amen.
the prayers of the saints, the weak.
the Lord is at work and uses us, broken as we are.
thanks for painting and creating and using your words (like I say to my 4 year old)...

emily wierenga said...

what a gorgeous painting....

i am crying because of your words. the way God partners with us. the way we pray with the angels. you word and art so well.

thank you so much for linking...

Rachel said...

Reading your posts is always such a blessing. Prayer is such a wonderful gift!

alittlebitograce said...

it's a different thing, this journey of faith. instead of getting angry, annoyed or judging, i so often find myself turning to prayer, lifting up the random people i encounter. how blessed we are for this opportunity to partner with the Divine. now i wonder what has happened in my life because complete strangers prayed for me?

Jodi said...

alittlebitograce, I agree. I always think on this, and I believe one day we will know.

Jingle said...

smart move,
it takes courage to ignore distractions and pray for your enemy...

Kim Hyland said...

My eyes and ears will be open wider today. To look and listen for an opportunity like this. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty and privilege of sharing in His work. Your painting is so bold! I get the feeling it's not unlike you.

Vicki said...

beautiful words...
beautiful painting...
beautiful woman whose hands created them...

xo

deb said...

oh, Jodi.
and you are place in my life.

I am so thankful.

and eeking out time to read some of your archived posts and get to know you sweet beautiful woman.

Amy in Peru said...

isn't prayer amazing? when we can do nothing else... the most powerful last resort. but better to be a prayer person always. first.

thanks for sharing :)
amy in peru

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