No details needed

This summer on Mondays and Tuesdays I am babysitting my young grandsons – a  two year old and a three month old. It is an awesome experience but there are definitely moments of “controlled chaos” as I try to meet both of their needs at the same time. One such moment was 10 days ago as the youngest was crying and the older one was making a snack request and my cell phone rang. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was my other daughter not their mom calling so I answered the call. I was catching only every other word but knew something was wrong – friends, Mexico, drunk driver, serious, you meet Tim, pray. Finally my daughter said “Mom I will text you.”

It is in moments like these that I am grateful that I don’t have to know the details to call out to God in prayer. Even after my daughter texted me, the information was still lacking but God was never unaware. My cry for help for a young couple that had been seriously injured in a foreign country did not fall on deaf ears. God didn’t reply “I am confused. Who? ” I could have confidence that God Almighty was listening and was able even when I didn’t know what to pray.

Romans 8:26 – 27 NIV

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”


Hebrews 4:15 – 16 NIV

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

A few years ago when I was in Japan on our group bus traveling to our next event, everyone’s cell phones starting buzzing. I looked at mine and in English was written EMERGENCY but the rest of the message was in Japanese. I understood the word emergency but the rest meant nothing. Our group leader stood and said “no worries. It is just an earthquake!” I wasn’t quite sure if I felt better knowing or not knowing but I do know that God always knows.

Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”


I hope you don’t mind but here is the link about my daughter’s friends. Prayers are needed and appreciated.  Thank you.

Take care. Be well. Serve Him,


One thought on “No details needed

  1. Iris

    You are right, Ann. God knows the details. Often times I don’t know the details, so I say “God – you know what their need is…”

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