Praise and Persimmons

So a friend of mine lost his job about a month ago. I remember feeling distressed for him, because he has a young child at home and is also married. I knew that he was feeling the burden to provide for his family, and wasn’t quite sure what to do next.

Thankfully, he had a game plan in place, and had several options available to him within a week having lost his job. However, we lost touch for bit, and I wasn’t sure how his situation had resolved itself. I had, however, committed to pray for him; he is not a particularly spiritual person (and certainly would never claim to be Christian), but I figured that the occasional prayer offered up on his behalf wouldn’t hurt anything.

Anyway, I found out today that he landed on his feet got a great job that will start next month! Although I don’t have the details, it seems like this new opportunity is a much better fit for him; I gather that he is pretty excited about this new job. I am happy for him!

That’s the funny thing about the Lord. Whether you believe in Him or not, He still finds a way to care of all of His children in one way or another. I don’t believe that my friend will give God any credit for his new job; instead, I imagine that he’ll likely chalk it up to his own hard work (and his efforts certainly played a part, to be sure). However, I know the truth!

By the way, speaking of unexpected answers to prayer – some of you may remember that I posted about a rather unexpected series of small miracles that took place with my mother and some persimmons the other day. For those of you familiar with the story, there was yet another development (and if you didn’t read the blog post, then sadly, none of what follows will make any sense to you). Today, quite unexpectedly, one of my mother’s clients brought her a rather hefty bag of persimmons, completely unbidden! The persimmon-giver was totally unaware of the rather exciting developments that had taken place with the fruit earlier in the week.

Also, in case you were wondering, my mother did ‘fess up to having eaten the two original persimmons at her Bible study session this week. She told the truth, and God apparently honored her decision by giving her even more fruit (both literally and spiritually)! We both had to chuckle at the latest development. Truly, God is in the small things.

Dear God, thank You so much for taking care of my friend and for giving him a new job! I hope that somehow – in the midst of this situation – he will be able to see Your hand in his life, and will perhaps be open to having a personal relationship with You someday.

Also, thank You for keeping my mother well-supplied with persimmons. 😂 In Your name I pray, Amen.

5 thoughts on “Praise and Persimmons

  1. Yes, He is in all things. Your friend might not thank the Lord, right now. But you never know how the Lord will use this to bring your friend to Him in the future 🙂 PLUS, He answered your prayer giving your friend a job, so it might not have been about your friend at all, might just have been for your prayer to be answered :):):) I think the persimmons are such a huge blessing, and they just keep on giving. I know God blesses us all but I feel that when His children SEE those blessings, recognize and give Him the glory, then He continues to bless them for their sight, and thanfulness :):)

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    1. I suppose you are right – I had not thought about it in that way. More often than not, God answers prayers we can see His faithfulness to us – it may have nothing (or very little) to do with my friend at all. As is your custom, wise words, Margaret!

      And the persimmon miracle has both confounded and delighted my mom and me. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen the Lord work through fruit before, but I suppose that there’s a first time for everything! 😉

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      1. :):) He can and will use everything. And look how you and your mothers reactions to this miracle. You know that makes Him so happy, that it makes you and your mom so happy. He delights in our happiness. I feel He is smiling every time y’all talk, or think about it :):) Who knows, He might work through fruit all the time, but do we see it? 😉

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