Albert Einstein insisted that “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Perhaps he was right. Sometimes those things that happen to us seem just too good to be true. Tonight, I faced a similar sort of moment.
I am unable to sleep and have been up pacing with incredible and hefty case of heartburn. Insomnia is not new to me, but suffering with heartburn at the same time seems like insult to injury. Earlier tonight, I offered my prayers, prayed that God would give me relief and rest. I concluded my prayers with;
O LORD, support us all the day long of this
troublous life, until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
But sleep and holy rest were not to be. I was thinking that there must be some static between here and the ear of the Divine. If I’m not going to sleep, perhaps I might do some work or some reading. So off to the study I go. Sit at the laptop and think to myself – “If I only could find some some Rolaids!” I thought I had bought some at one point, but where did I put them? I know that my efforts to find them pre-prayers was a fruitless endeavour. No sooner had my mind meditated on the assets of antacids when our fabulous feline Molly was running all about the room in a manner akin to what I might imagine televangelist Jack Van Impe might be like when he finds out what kind of riff raft God accepts in heaven! She was moving —-quickly.
I raised my voice, “What the heck are you doing, Molly?” I did not expect an answer from her, but I queried her nonetheless. Had she spoken, I would have been like Jack Van Impe… well you get the idea… Again she bolted across the room at lightning speed. Then I noticed she was pushing something in front of her. She was deftly stick-handling something between her left and right paws, but what was it?
“Molly, what do you have there?” She turned and looked at me; I looked at the floor….Good Lord!!!!
She has a third of a roll of Rolaids! She had the relief I was looking for. Molly gladly surrendered the chalky treat and 15 minutes later I have belched, Molly is asleep and the world seems right. How do I spell relief? – M-O-L-L-Y!!!!! Coincidence? Answered prayer? – Not sure it matters, I just know I feel a lot better!
Now I am going to have a nap…
But first, one more prayer…..
BE present, O merciful God, and protect us
through the silent hours of this night, so that
we who are wearied by the changes and chances
of this fleeting world, may repose upon thy eternal
changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen