Be Careful What You Pray For

It’s been said, “Be careful what you pray for because God just might give it to you!” Or more accurately, if you pray for God to grant you a virtue, do you think He just snaps His fingers like a genie and boom, you have patience or wisdom? Hardly. If you pray for patience, God usually answers by giving you situations where you must practice patience! Because practice is how you master something, including virtues.

I experienced this firsthand last weekend. Well, it actually started a month ago when I made a decision that was neither good nor bad, but the situation had caught me off guard and my response ended up making things slightly complicated. Not bad, not wrong, just inconvenient. But I was so upset by not foreseeing it, that you’d think it was the end of the world. Needless to say, I was not happy that something so trivial could unbalance me like that. Life is full of hardships! If I let tiny hiccups drive me insane, then how am I supposed to handle important crises? So I prayed God would help me to handle small situations better so when the big stuff hit, I’d be ready.

Can you guess what happened next?

Last weekend my mom took my car in for regular maintenance. (She’s the best mom ever, volunteering to do it since I wasn’t feeling well.) After an hour she called me and said, “Are you sitting down?”
My car is getting old, so it wasn’t really a surprise when the mechanic said they found three major parts about to break. Okay, so the cost I budgeted for will go up by….? <jaw drop> However, I was quite proud of myself for not crying, lol. “Ok, I can rearrange some funds and put some things on hold. No big deal.”

Thirty minutes later, I hear a strange noise. I turn around and notice the cat in the hallway staring into the bathroom, her body language stiff. I get up and flick on the light switch and…water is streaming out of the vent in the ceiling! I run to the kitchen to grab a bowl to catch the water, and on the way back I notice water is also streaming out of the heating vent in the living room and the hallway light switch. The sound of more water is coming from the furnace closet, and lo and behold, water’s pouring through there too!

So now it’s my turn to call my mother and preface with, “Don’t freak out, but…”

Turns out the neighbors upstairs (who were moving in that very day) let the toilet run until it overflowed. Now, aside from the initial panic of “what the hell is happening?!” and “how do I make it stop?!”, I still did not break down or have an anxiety attack. I threw towels down, left a message with property management (because it was the weekend and no one was in the office), and then sat back and waited until the water petered out to drips and everything was just wet, but no longer flooding.

As I was cleaning up, I was struck with the memory of that prayer I’d been praying to be better able to handle real crises, not trivial ones my brain overreacted to. Well, God answered my prayer.

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6 comments on “Be Careful What You Pray For

  1. Oh no! That’s such a bummer. I’m glad the leaks were fixable (why do things always break on the weekends when no one is around to answer phones?). I’m sad about the car, though. Those are always expenses we never account for and don’t really have in the budget. I think next time you chat with God, let Him know you’re good. You’ve proven you can handle the pressure, now if He can send some amazing goodness you way, that would be much appreciated.

    Huge hugs to you, your cats, and your car. Oh, and your mom for being totally awesome and taking your car in for you.

    • Yeah, the car definitely threw a wrench into things, but I’ll survive. Actually, the flooding is worse because the smell won’t go away and there’s probably mold in the walls. Luckily, we have an amazing friend who’s going to lend us an ionizing machine to kill the mold. The only downside is we and the kitties have to vacate the place for a couple hours every day. Car ride!

      So maybe life is complicated right now, but God has surrounded me with the goodness of amazing people, so that always helps. 🙂 Hugs back to you, Tameri!

  2. Alina Sayre says:

    Oyyy…I know that feeling. “God, please…don’t take this wrong, but…” Way to handle those crises with a cool head and enough grace to make it through. If you need to come hang out here while the ionizing machine is running, you’re always welcome 🙂

  3. A co-worker had the water flooding through vents and whatnot just last month. What a mess. And sometimes you just have to laugh those times “when it rains, it pours.” {{hugs}} Here’s to a speedy clean up, a well maintained car, and smoother sailings 🙂

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