Years ago,we were visiting a new church for the first time, and an elderly lady came up to us and invited us to her house for dinner, following the service. We gladly accepted her invitation, and followed her home. As we sat in her living room, we shared in a very pleasant conversation, getting to know a little more about each other.. She was a long-standing member at her church and was well-loved by her church family. Although it was very apparent that she was elderly, her speech and expressions were vibrant, and she was very happy to talk about how much she loved the Lord, and how much He had done for her, as she enthusiastically shared some of her many testimonies. I talked a little about my own faith experience, and I mentioned how our two children, a baby and a toddler at the time, were miracle babies, and that I was believing God for another one.
She looked at me, with a smile in her eyes, and said, “You see that hat rack over there on the wall?” I answered, “Yes.” she said, “Whenever the Lord does something for me, I imagine that I’m hanging a hat on a hat rack…and everytime He answers I just keep adding a new hat. And the next time I find myself frustrated about something that I’m praying for, I just take a look at that hat rack, and I see all those hats hanging there, and I’m reminded of all the prayers that God has answered, some that I may have even forgotten, and I am encouraged that He did it before and He’ll do it again.” I really appreciated this example and made an effort to apply it in my own life. In fact, God did answer my prayer, and miraculously blessed us with another sweet baby girl!
Now, when I think back on this example, it reminds me of what young David said to King Saul, when he volunteered to fight Goliath…
“David said… The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine…” I Samuel 17:37
The lion and the bear were hanging on David’s hat rack!!! He just took a look back, and was fully persuaded, that God would do it again. :)
Has it been a while since you’ve taken a look at your own hat rack?
Surely God has blessed you and answered your prayers in the past… Just take a look back, and like David be fully persuaded that God will do it again.
I absolutely love this story!! Visuals are so helpful when times of trial cause our memory to fail (about the good things, the miracles and answered prayers)–I’m getting myself a hat rack!! Thanks and God bless you–Jael-caddo
Thank you and I agree! Visuals do help us “get the picture!!!” Have a blessed day! :)
Love the idea of a visual reminder for the things God has done for us.
Love the visual of the hat rack!