I took my oldest camping last night for her daddy-daughter activity. We ended up in a canyon we didn’t know long after dark, trying to find a place to camp. We finally found an official campground (packing had consisted of throwing random warm clothing and sleeping bags into an old duffle; I remembered a stove but forgot to bring any food), but couldn’t find a tent spot amidst the endless rows of RVs. We ultimately found the camp host, who revealed to us that there was one tent spot that had just become available, and my daughter glowed with satisfaction at a prayer answered, as she revealed to me that she had prayed when we turned off the main road into the campground that we would find a spot. Her satisfaction turned to bemusement when we discovered that the only reason the spot became available was that the prior occupant had broken her wrist.
She puzzled over this circumstance much of the night and told me this morning–“I think that was just good luck for us. I don’t think God answered that prayer. He would never break a woman’s wrist just so that we could have a place to camp.” Still interested to explore the connection between her prayer and our wonderful night of camping, she announced a few moments later, “Actually, I think he was sad that she broke her wrist, and then after she broke her wrist, then he was ready to answer my prayer so that we could pitch our tent last night. I hope the woman will be okay.”
I think she’s ready to be baptized.