Olive Ann Burns wrote a national bestseller titled Cold Sassy Tree. Fourteen year-old, Will Tweedy is the main character who the reader lives through his entertaining account of small town life in Cold Sassy, Georgia. One day, Will takes a stroll on the outskirts of Cold Sassy and starts to cross the railroad trestle which spans the red clay banks of the local river. Trains were sporadic on these tracks, so Will decides to lay down on the trestle and imagine himself suspended above the river. He dozes off to sleep only to be awakened by the blowing of a train whistle. He knows he will not outrun the train back to the red banks and it is too high to jump, so Will Tweedy lays flatter than he’s ever laid in his life and as he said, “I done me some fancy praying, it went like this ‘Lord help me, help me Lord, Lord help me!”
How many times have we been in need of prayer but feel as though we lack the lofty sounding words, or even the right to stand before God and to be heard. Matthew 21:22 says, “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” How is your prayer life? Perhaps, the only time we pray is at church when the pastor stands and offers a prayer, or at a meal. We might be like Will Tweedy and only pray just before being run over by the circumstances of life. God desires to have a relationship with each of us, a relationship that begins first with communicating our needs, our desires, and our hopes. Spend some time this week just saying, “Thank you Lord for this day, may I see and experience your goodness in amazing ways. Amen.” Before long, you will discover that you are talking to God and discovering his deep abiding love for you through a growing love relationship.