For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:3-4 (NIV)
I had been praying for my beloved college-aged daughter’s spiritual well-being for two and a half years.
With very little to show for it.
I’d even apologize at my weekly Moms in Prayer group for sounding like a broken record. I prayed for this particular daughter more than my other two daughters combined. My mother’s intuition said she was the one who most needed it.
And then came the break-through. Actually, it was a break-in.
She had just drifted off to sleep one night, when she was startled by a loud crash. An intruder had smashed her bedroom window into a million pieces, which now covered her comforter and carpet. She screamed and ran into her roommate’s room, where they locked the door and called 911. Guns drawn, the police cleared the apartment. Thankfully, the perpetrator had fled.
At 12:30am, we received one of those calls. You know, the kind every parent dreads. Our daughter was shaken and crying. But she was safe. I hardly slept the rest of that night, praying that God would comfort her and use this for good in her life.
A few weeks later she was home. As we visited over tea, she teared up and shared that the break-in was a picture of her spiritual life. In her opinion, there was nothing “random” about that random act of violence. She had been “asleep” spiritually, just going through the motions, numb. The sound of the window breaking was her wake-up call. She ran out of the bedroom and into a second chance. She was now wide awake!
I have definitely seen a change in her since the events of that night. She is more joyful, more tender, more aware of God’s presence. We can talk about spiritual things. She has gone back to church. He is wooing her to Himself, even taking her to Italy this summer to study abroad, a sweet gift she attributes to Him.
So, dear faithful mamas who are praying for beloved wayward children, don’t give up! Even if you don’t see any progress. Even if you feel like a broken record. God never tires of your prayers. And when the time is right, He will act. The break-through will come. He can use anything, even a break-in, to accomplish His purposes.
Shelley Lloyd Smith makes her home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she and her husband have raised their three daughters. She believes prayer is a mom’s secret weapon, and has led a Moms in Prayer group since 2008.