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An Answered Prayer

Updated on April 8, 2014

In The Beginning

It’s not as though I was unfamiliar with prayer. As a child I learned to say my prayers before bed each and every night. My brother and I would say:

A Child at Prayer
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Jesus, Tender Shepherd hear me

God bless Thy little lamb tonight

Through the darkness be Thou near me

Keep me safe 'till morning light

Our prayer was said by rote and my reward was a smile from mom when I correctly remembered all the words. As I was very young, I could not grasp the intent behind the act of speaking with God.

Growing Up

As I grew older and life got a little more complicated, I used prayer as a plea for one thing or another. I wanted a boy I was crazy about to ask me out and could God please send me a skirt like the one everyone else was wearing? Bargaining also came into my prayers: "God, if you could please get me out of this I promise I’ll never do it again!" Need and want were similes back then. I didn’t understand the difference nor did I comprehend what true ‘needing’ was all about.

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After marriage and the arrival of our children my prayers were drastically revised. I needed my daughter’s fever to go down or I wanted my husband to get a better job. The prayers that were once like a grocery list now came with feelings of anxiety and fear. The idea that God could have a plan for my life or for my child’s life, without consulting me, was terrifying. I wanted my world to be in my control but with a little help when I needed it.

By the time I reached the age of forty my life was full of chaos and I was a completely different person. Apparently God knew how strong I was and was intent on proving it to me. I was tested time after time and even though I was surviving I was struggling. I still wanted control. I couldn’t “let go and let God” as friends suggested.

One particular problem was giving me a great deal of trouble. Each night I would toss and turn trying to find a solution. I worked at it, I gnawed at it, and flung every resource I knew of at it to no avail.

The Solution

At long last I decided to pray. That night, for the first time in a very long time, I got down on my knees and asked God for a solution. I asked for clear direction. I asked for peace.

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Finally I slept and while sleeping I dreamed. In my dream I was flying. I knew many people who had enjoyed the freedom of flying dreams but I had never experienced one. I flew with arms outstretched and with total ease. It seemed as though I could zoom up or down at will and the feeling was glorious! The clouds and the birds were my only companions and as I flew among them I wished the experience would never end.

Suddenly, with no warning, I began to fall. As I plummeted I could see that the ground, once so far below, was closing in at an alarming rate. I flapped my arms; I tried to catch the wind; I tried everything I could think of to stop my plunge. I remember crying and screaming in terror as I fell. I didn’t want to die! I had to find a solution!

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As I watched solid earth approach, a sudden peace came over me and I clearly remember saying: “I give up. I have tried everything. I just hope it doesn’t hurt too much.” The instant those thoughts entered my head, my body curved upwards and I soared to new heights.

Sometime during night, after performing aerobatic wonders, the dream ended. I awoke with total recall of the night’s events. I remembered every dipsy-doodle I performed but, more importantly, I remembered my moment of clarity. I had given up my struggle. I had conceded my problem.

Through my dream I realized I didn’t have to battle for every solution. All I needed to do was put one foot in front of the other and follow the nudge we are all given. The nudge we feel deep in our gut - the nudge from God.


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    Carol 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Raitu. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. I'm so very glad my story was there for you when you needed it !

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    Raitu Disong 3 years ago

    Thank you onegreenparachute for sharing!

    I needed to hear this. God bless!

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Dana - yes, I can totally relate to what you wrote. I now understand that whether or not I like or approve of it, my life is under a sort of plan. I can delay it, I can mess with it and I can fight it but it only prolongs the inevitable lesson I'm meant to learn. If I go with the flow, I learn the lesson with far less pain and turmoil. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I very much appreciate it. - Carol

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    Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

    your story sounds like my life. First prayers for what I wanted then frantic prayers for what I needed. It took a long time, and I'm not sure i'm even completely there, to let go of control. I'ts not that I didn't want the lord to take control of my life, it's just that I wanted to know everything that was going on.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thank you so much for your kind comments Seeker. Connecting to that "other side of life" that is there to guide, protect and to heal is truly a wonderful experience. I wish everyone could slow down enough to hear the magic. Thanks again, Carol

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    Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    What a beautiful and uplifting hub this is and many thanks for sharing it. I think answers to really difficult problems or questions can come in the most unexpected of ways, like dreams and the experience of 'the solution' can be, as you relate, be wonderful and terrifying. I think for anyone else who might go through this, is to remember that nothing is there to harm us only to guide.

    A wonderful and excellent hub + voted up!!

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Ryem and thank you for your comments. To give someone a bit of peace of mind is truly a blessing and I thank you for sharing that.

    Hugs,

    Carol

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    Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

    I really like that you shared this story. I saw a lot of myself in it and it put a bit of peace in my mind. Voted up and sharing, thank you. : )

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Cris - I'm glad you recognized yourself in this hub and that you had a good read. Knowing that the solution will be given to us by the Universe is so much more preferable than struggling. Thanks again!

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Been there, done that and it felt like reading my own story line in this hub. Well, quite similar. However, I didn't really give up but I've learned to surrender to the Universe and let it's guiding light shine on me instead. Now, I am more focused, in a way that I focus on the solution instead of the problem...grateful for the answered prayers and laughing all the way to enlightenment.

    Thanks to Eiddwen for sharing this and to you. It's a beautiful story and I had a good read.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Eddy! Thank you so much for your kind words, your vote and your share. I appreciate it all very much.

    I see you are from Wales and thought I'd mention that I was born Carol Lloyd. I have traced my family as far back as the late 1700s and found them in Devonshire but I'm very sure they were originally from Wales. Our family lives in British Columbia, Canada now. I'm looking forward to getting to know you through your hubs. Again, many thanks!

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A beauitufl read for sure and I vote up,across and share all around.I also look forward to so many more by you. Enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    You are most welcome Beth. Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. I am often reminded of this particular dream when I've forgotten to have faith. Unfortunately I'm not perfect yet LOL.

    I have recently written a hub about another dream that was even more fantastic in detail.

    Thanks again and God bless!

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    Beth37 4 years ago

    The wisdom of that hub! That does seem like a dream from God... He would teach us to give up our worry, struggling and pride and just rest in Him... trust Him. I needed to read that, thank you. :)

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello DJ, Here I am thanking you again for your wonderful comments. I appreciate the time you take to comment on my hubs. I have learned through years of 'keeping things inside' that it's our secrets that make us sick - so I'll let it all hang out! LOL Again, many thanks!

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    DJ Anderson 4 years ago

    Wonderful write! You are so candid and open when you share the parts of your life. Good or bad, right or wrong, you continue to show that you are human and make mistakes. But, when you find your answer, you graciously share that part, as well. It is easy to relate to your life's experiences.

    Thanks again for sharing something so personal.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thank you so much sgbrown, I appreciate your comments. I love to sign my letters with this: Everything Always Works Out in the End - If It's Not, It's Not The End! Thanks for stopping by.

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This is a beautiful story! I know that God hears all our prayers, but he also knows what is best for us. I believe that he answers the prayers that lead us in the right direction. There are many times that I have struggled with something and then just turned it over to Him, knowing that it wil work out if it is His will. I look for those "nudges" when trying to make decisions in life. Excellent hub! Voting up and awesome and sharing! :)

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thank you Angela - I appreciate your comments and your vote. Yes, I'm glad the 40s have passed but oh my, what lessons I learned!

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    Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    Oh my I think we have had similar lives. I recall bartering in prayer, praying for my ill children, also having a difficult time at 40! Bless you! Voted up!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Remaniki - thank you so much for your kind words. Life is so much easier when I remember to turn it over to God. Remembering is the struggle!

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    Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi onegreenparachute,

    I don't find words to describe your beautiful journey guided by Him. Lovely hub! We never understand that we have the answers to all questions and problems within ourselves, but it needs a nudge from Him to find them.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Wonderful comments Moon. It means a great deal to know you really read it and understood what I was trying to say. Thank so much!

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    Harvest Moon 5 years ago from Earth

    This is a beautiful hub. I especially love your honesty in describing how your prayers changed as you aged, and how it felt to be so very afraid. Sometimes we have to fall before we can learn how to fly. Faith and hope are so important. Love and light, and God bless!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Hendrika, I totally understand your struggle. Especially if you were brought up with a punishing God as I was. I try to think of God as a friend and co-author of my life. We get along well and laugh at my foibles - that is if and when I remember to listen. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Marsei: To have touched someone with my writing is a huge accomplishment indeed and I thank you.

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    Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    Thank you so much for this Hub. As a person still struggling with prayer I gave me a lot of "food for thought.

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    Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

    This hub touched me. I liked what you said at the end, that every decision doesn't have to be a drama, basically, that we just have to follow the nudge.

    This was a lovely story and written beautifully.

    marsei

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Nell, thanks for your comment. I have had many dreams that seem to come from 'another' source. These seem to come at a time when I need - and ask for - direction. I always look forward to them as they are so full of colour and texture!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    What a fantastic story! I have often handed my problems over to God too, and feel so much better, wonderful!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Spirit Whisperer - thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much.

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    Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub and appreciate the very important message of surrender. Thank you.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Deb - thanks for your comments. I appreciate them very much. It's been my experience that our dreams always have something to tell us. They may look foolish on the surface but there's usually something to learn from them.

    Sunkentreasure - thank you, a lovely poem.

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    BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

    PRAYER By BERNARD LEVINE

    There is no greater joy

    than loving God in prayer

    There are no riches more rewarding

    than the eternal treasures you'll receive

    Prayer brings powerful help into your life

    Prayer changes circumstances

    What a wonderful privilege we have

    to give our heart to our Father in prayer.

    © Bernard Levine

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    Deb Welch 5 years ago

    one - You are a good writer. Very interesting - awesome dream sequence. I don't like dreaming anymore. They always make me wake up and I lose precious sleep for something that was foolish and nothing that I can relate to.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    This dream and an earlier dream were the beginning of what I call my "teaching dreams". I guess you could call them lucid dreams. The atmosphere is always different and the colors are always much more vivid. I can hear, smell and even taste when I'm involved in one. I wish I could fly again tho'! Thanks for your comments, :))

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    Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    What a beautiful story! My own dreams haven't been quite so memorable, but I *have* had several "Okay, God, it's all yours" moments that worked out rather well. Oddly, even tho I gave up on organized religion decades ago, a series of books about an Episcopalian priest named Father Tim Kavanagh kept falling in my path over the last year, and I've just finished reading the entire series for the second time. A recurring theme is less-dramatic variations on what happened in your dream, but the result is always the same. ;D

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    Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

    Wow, what a beautiful story! I am so glad you shared it at this precise moment. It means a lot to me and thanks for answering my question.

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