Various agencies use the term 10-4 meaning “ok,” “understood,” and “message received.” It just so happens my birthday is on 10-4. This year I began my day as usual kneeling to pray. I always close by praying for the people and situations on the hand-written lists before me. As I brushed the names on my list with my fingertips, I said, “Lord, I know you are sovereign over all creation, but sometimes I can’t get my mind around how you can hear each of us praying. I just trust that You do, and I will continue to pray for everyone and everything you have put on my heart to pray for.”

With that said, I headed to the kitchen, pushed the ‘Start’ button on my Keurig and popped two pieces of bread in the toaster. My phone pinged. It was the first birthday message of the day, from my friend, Susan. She began her message with a quote from C.C. Lewis that read:

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us.

You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.”

Can you imagine my surprise to see that text? It was like, “10-4, your message has been received and here is My answer to you.” I was speechless. In my heart it I knew it was the power of the Holy Spirit using the words of C.S. Lewis and working through the text of my wonderful friend, Susan, to give me assurance as He answered the question of my heart.

God is greater than our heart. He knows all things. 1 John 3:20

In Matthew 10:29-31, we read,

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside without your Father knowing.                 The very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”                      

Sometimes we just need reassurance. God’s faithful “presents” was and is the best birthday gift ever! Exactly what I needed. What a way to start a day!

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