The 100 Year Prayer

Dear Lewis,

The past few days have been exhausting. All I wanted to do tonight was sit on the couch with you and your mom and watch television. But your mom was far more exhausted than I’ll ever be. So when you didn’t fall asleep after feeding tonight she told me to take you so she could get some sleep. I tried to console you, but you wouldn’t stop crying and you definitely wouldn’t go to sleep. Luckily, I have a trick that, so far, always works.

The walking path from the street to our building is made of old clay bricks. Not one brick is level or flush with another. It makes for a rough ride in your stroller, and you love it. You’ve even been known to stop crying the moment we get on the bumpy path. Tonight it took forty-five minutes of walking back and forth along the same twenty-five-foot path for you to fall asleep.

When we go on these “walks” I pray. To be honest, it’s because there isn’t much else to do. I told you earlier, the past few days have been busy, and I haven’t made time to pray. Today was no different.

But you decided not to go to sleep at your usual time. Then, your mom decided I was going to take over. And I decided to take you for a walk because almost a hundred years ago an architect or landscape designer decided to lay an uneven path of clay bricks in front of the building where we live.

I think God decided to help me spend time with him tonight.

The author in me can’t ignore how all these separate decisions and circumstances eventually lead to this moment. You could say that my prayer time tonight took 100 years to orchestrate. Sure, it may just be a coincidence. But, if it’s not, and God is so brilliant, so loving, so intent on letting me know he cares about my relationship with him that he factored this moment, this one encounter, into the tapestry of history…what a humbling and comforting thought.

Lewis, there will be moments in life when things just come together. People around you may say, “That’s coincidence,” or, “that’s fate,” or, “that’s interesting.” I hope you recognize and are quick to say, “That’s God.”

– Dad

Has God orchestrated moments like this in your life? How has He shown you that He cares greatly about your life and your relationship with Him?

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