After a seven year search, a lot of prayer, and spiritual growth, we just purchased our first apartment in France. With the exception of the phone and internet installation, everything about the move (a whole 4 blocks away) has run like a perfectly adjusted Swiss movement watch. We haven't missed a beat.
I find it hard not to see the internet pause as anything but a blessing. If access had been available, I may have felt the pull to sit in front of the computer. Instead, I took the time to unpack, settle in and enjoy our new home. Can't beat that!
Telephone and internet issues aren't new to me. When I first moved from the United States to Europe in 2005, I dealt with the repeated and unexplained disconnection of my phone and high speed line. After a year of escalating problems, I had completely had it with the phone company.
Had prayer been my first resort, I am sure a solution could have been found much earlier. As it was, I waited until I had exhausted all human means of dealing with the problem before finally settling down to pray about it. (Tip: Pray first!)
As I considered God as divine Mind, the only intelligence of the universe, I realized I could no longer accept that French telecommunications could be disconnected from intelligence or behind the times. Since all communication is governed and controlled by Mind, these systems could only reflect the Mind that is God, the Mind of Christ.
All that is real and true in human systems is governed by Mind, which gives stability, intelligence, and enlightenment to their actions.
As I stopped seeing the phone company as my enemy, the frustration with it faded out. I began to pray for them. Prayer put us on the same team.
Within 24 hours of this prayer, I had phone and internet. In the six years that followed, I never had another interruption of service.
Today, I am sending a shout out of thanks to the members of the team. My boxes are unpacked, my paintings are hung and it looks like we have lived here for years.
And the internet is now back on. Good work, guys! Your timing is perfect.
God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along.
If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter.
He does our praying in and for us,
making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves,
knows our pregnant condition,
and keeps us present before God.
That's why we can be so sure that every detail
in our lives of love for God
is worked into something good.
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