Conversations with God

By T. L. Wiens

When I first accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I found my prayer life to be a lot of talking on my part and walking away before taking the time to listen. Over the years, I’ve changed that and now enjoy conversations with God.

It was during one of these exchanges that God asked me about my attachment to things. My children—could I let them go to His care? I’d taught my children about the Bible and had very little difficulty entrusting them to God. What about the farm? I love the farm but I could let it go.

Then, He asked me about the house. Could I let go of the house? I’m a packrat and have a sentimental reason to keep everything. It took me a long while to reply and state that I could let it go.

Two weeks later, God tested me on that. Our house burned to the ground, taking with it all my possessions I thought I needed. How would I react? Turns out, I was ready to rejoice.

As the neighbours gathered to mourn our loss, we were excited that God trusted us to be tested. And our faithfulness was rewarded—eight days after the fire, we were back on our yard in a house trailer given to us by friends with everything we needed to go about life.

I am so thankful I listened to that conversation and knew God had the situation under control.