June seventeenth marked the tenth anniversary of a miracle. On that date, I discovered that God really does say “yes” to some prayers. My life-long experience had been that whatever I asked my heavenly father for either didn’t come to pass or could have bin explained as coincidence. From my upcoming memoir, How I Was Razed, here is an excerpt of what happened the morning following my move to a tiny Alberta hamlet.
Waking up the next morning, I felt as jubilant as a child on the first day of summer vacation. “Thanks for today and this wonderful house, Heavenly Father,” I rejoiced as I leapt out of bed. After racing to the bathroom and checking on my rabbit, Gideon, to see if he was still upset by the move, I opened all the windows to let in the balmy breezes.
The serenity of my new neighbourhood astonished me afresh as I munched my cereal. Everything I prayed for, God graciously provided. I now lived in the sort of place for which I yearned so long and strenuously.
“Thanks Heavenly Father that you get it,” I exclaimed as I finished my breakfast, walked to the kitchen window, and admired the sunlit trees in the neighbouring field. “You actually get it about me. This place is a miracle. I used to think that you didn’t care about my feelings but here’s the proof,” I said as I slapped my right hand on the counter. My eyes filled with tears of joy and relief as I realized how completely the Lord understood my need for quietude.
Because there was no Protestant church in Radway, I spent the morning unpacking food and dishes in the kitchen. As I did so, I turned on the radio. An erudite program captured my attention. I stopped unpacking and sat next to the receiver to hear it better. The White Horse Inn featured a discussion by four theologians. Their logical but simple exposition of Biblical truth instantly captivated me.
“Thanks for that show, Heavenly Father,” I prayed when it ended. “I’ll have to tune in that White Horse Inn program more often. I learned so much from what I heard just now.”
The White Horse Inn program can be heard on many American and Canadian radio stations as well as on demand at the www.whitehorseinn.org page. I highly recommend this half hour show for anybody who wants more than a casual acquaintance with apologetics.
As for my How I Was Razed manuscript, I’m hoping to have that published by the end of this year. My previous books, When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) and Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School) are available from the www.inscribe.org/BruceAtchison page. I often post excerpts from these paperbacks on my www.bruceatchison.blogspot.com blog so that readers can decide if my writing appeals to them. Please contact me or comment if you would like any further information on these memoirs.