Since I moved to Redondo Beach, I have tried to make meals here and there. I'm not that interested in cooking, but I promised Dan I would try to do something so we wouldn't eat out so much. We don't have a huge fridge, but I've been able to scrounge a little and we've had a few actual sit down dinners at home. Recently I decided to have meatloaf. If you have the Grace Church cookbook, I used the recipe on page 116 because I happened to have all the ingredients. It was pretty good. And we had asparagus, too.
While it was cooking, I decided to sit down and read - so I opened up the front of the cookbook and began reading about the history of Grace Church. I know a lot of the history having gone there since I was a teenager and being a friend of Paulyne's, but one thing caught my eye on pages 4-5: "A church family asked the group to pray that they could sell some property and give half of the price toward buying the lot on the corner of Osos and Pismo Streets. A little widow lady walked across that vacant lot many times to and from town. As she walked she prayed and claimed the land by faith for the Lord. Similarly, Leroy regularly drove by the property praying that one day a place of worship (with a corner entrance) would stand there."
I love how the little widow walked across the lot and prayed in faith for that piece of land to become what is now Grace Church. I love how specific Pastor Leroy was about having a corner entrance. It made me think how general I usually pray and how infrequent I pray about certain things. Oh, there are times I will pray for friends or others in crisis, then when the crisis is "over", I'll stop except for an occasional "continue to bless this family" type of prayer.
When we decided to move to the LA area, I didn't know what to think or pray for. But, I knew one thing. I really, REALLY wanted to live near the beach and for some reason, I decided to pray specifically that we would have a beach address. I don't remember asking for BEACH as part of the name, but God humored me and answered my prayer beyond what I could imagine. First, we live in Redondo BEACH. Second, we are only 2 miles FROM the beach. And, more importantly, we live in a house, albeit small, but we don't have "wall" neighbors. I didn't really ask for that, but He blessed us with a small hosue. Our neighbors are in apartments behind us. We have four walls with four windows and when it's warm, we get a nice cross-breeze and it keeps it cool in our little place.
Thank You, Lord, that You answer our prayers in ways we can't fathom. Thank You for caring for every part of our lives and for giving us what we NEED and things You know we would like. I pray I never take for granted the things You give us or do for us. Amen.