Victoria Hospital Reception Carpark, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Photo by Alan Kearns.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)

This Testimony Tuesday post is personal and hopefully an encouragement to you today. Last Thursday was the last day of treatment at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, which had taken three weeks and six appointments. In these appointments I was having new compression bandaging for my Lymphoedema in my left leg, to reduce the swelling and improve my balance. These are regular treatments that I have had many times over the years by my Lymphoedema Therapist, who is a good friend. These usually go well and achieve their aim, the problems that arise with these appointments is surprisingly mundane – that is parking the car.

Patient parking is a serious problem in Fife’s two general hospitals, in a county with a population of about 375,000 people. In the above picture you see the main carpark for my hospital, of which only half is allocated to disabled drivers. My point being that attending hospital is both difficult and stressful, there have been times I have missed appointments completely because I could not get parked at all.

So when I received my card through the post with a list of my appointments I looked at it with some trepidation. As I thought about it I remembered I had prayed previously for individual isolated appointments, could I apply prayer to six appointments? I found myself asking whether these merited the Almighty’s attention…and in my heart I felt His Spirit say “yes!” I undertook to cover each date in prayer specifically for a parking space, and I asked other Christian brethren to pray with me on each of these days. I won’t torture you dear reader, let me tell you now that Father God provided a parking space on each of these days. His timing was always perfect, I was never late once. In fact in the picture I share my car is in the very first space closest to the entrance on the right hand side! A few days later I got the space next to that one…still close to the doors.

The hospital is about twenty minutes from my home; on these drives I turned the radio off and prayed for God to provide a parking space that would glorify Him. As I drove into the grounds of the hospital I stayed calm and refused to worry, God was in control. A couple of times I drove into the parking lot just as someone vacated a disabled space, with a queue of several cars following me. There were a couple of days when I had to do the familiar circling routine for a space, and I did get a bit stressed but I soon heard that still small voice to calm down – God was still in control. It was then I realised that there was plenty time before my appointed time, the worldly Alan wanted an early space…but that wasn’t God’s plan. On these days He provided a space at the exact moment to give me just enough time to check into the clinic on time – in His timing.

Dear reader, this Testimony Tuesday post is not about how holy Alan is – it is about the provision of Almighty God our Father. He provides what we need and when we really need it, in such a way that it makes it clear that He was the one who provided it. It is all to His Glory that we can share Him with others. The worldy Alan was worried whether six spaces in an extremely busy hospital was stretching it, but His Spirit assured me that it was no problem at all. I even used this story as it was happening to share how God answers prayer with my therapist. So dear brethren, be assured that your Father God hears your prayers, no matter how mundane they seem. He is a loving Father who will provide what you need and when you need it.

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51 thoughts on “When God Answers Prayer

  1. Our God is faithful to supply our need. Thank you for sharing. My husband and I experienced one of these supplying needs this weekend. My husband’s heart went into Afib Friday eve. We left the hospital with it still in Afib. Got home and 30 minutes later the heart had righted itself. Saturday was my book signing and Tom was there. Ours is to just keep praying and believing. For God does not withhold any good thing from his children.

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  2. ALL praise to ALMIGHTY God in His will and Timing He does answer. Thank you for sharing. When the answer is NO in His Will a different course or reason may be His Purpose.
    This is the reason why I have written Shafts of Gold my Memoir, It is not to show how great I am but how miraculously wonderful He is. http://www.fayerootsmemoirshaftsofgold.com For interest only.
    My desire is that the story of Him in my life may encourage ‘others’ to hold on I would like to have many copies free to help folks to be strong in Him. . HE is indeed the Way He is LORD!

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  3. May I be a witness with a hearty AMEN, brother. I have experienced many like experiences over time! Our testimonials are of the covering of Christ’s blood in our daily lives. God bless you, brother!!

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    1. God is Good indeed Mandy, beyond our understanding often. We just need to trust Him in all things.
      The towns of Fife have a rich history and industrial past of which there is much to say. For example the City of Dunfermline used to be the ancient royal capital of Scotland.
      Your prayers are always appreciated dear sister, may God bless you and your family today πŸ™

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  4. Amen Alan! What a great testimony of Gods amazing provision. It is true that God provides just what we need when we need it and when he does provide we know he’s the one who provided! So true. God bless brother πŸ₯°

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  5. I said to myself, β€œThis post is GOLD” the moment I read it. I regret that it took me this long to chime in, brother.

    My late mother-in-law used to pray for parking spots when she was ill with cancer and didn’t feel like walking too far. At the time, I thought this was putting God to a foolish test. But I was wrong. The Lord, without fail, always opened up a good spot (every time I took her to a medical appointment). Our Father in Heaven is concerned about the smallest details of our care.

    Again, great post!

    Blessings, brother. Scotland forever 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿.

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    1. Hi David, dinnae worry yersel laddie…I knew you would be here eventually. πŸ˜‰
      I can understand how some may think that about asking God for parking spaces, and I respect such opinions. But by and large able-bodied people don’t understand the value of a close parking space, without which they can manage but the disabled person cannot.
      I tip my hat to you brother for being humble enough to admit you were wrong, it takes a real man of God to say such things.
      Hearing how God provided a parking space for your late mother-in-law makes me smile and praise our God for His loving provision to His children. It just makes me want to do a wee jig of joy, haha πŸ˜„
      God bless you, your family and your wee charges at school.

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  6. Dear Alan, If I didn’t live so far away I would gladly drive you to your appointments and drop you off at the door! Praise God for His provision. It’s a testimony of His watchful eye over His children. Blessings, Brother!

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    1. You make me smile Cindy, your love in Christ circumnavigates the hundreds of miles across the big pond and touches my heart. Our Father God is such an amazing God sister, Hallelujah! May He continue to guide and bless you today πŸ™

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  7. God’s care for you is wonderful. If it’s any consolation parking spots at hospitals are at a premium in Canada too. I got a parking ticket (fine) when I rushed my wife to hospital for the birth of my firstborn. I fought the ticket and won with the Lord’s help.

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    1. It doesn’t surprise me that parking is an issue in many other hospitals across the world; being exacerbated by bad management and selfishness of people. But as believers we can praise God our Father who over rules all worldly forces, even in parking a car.
      God bless you and your family this weekend David πŸ™

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  8. Alan, God does provide parking spaces for me too many many times. In fact, last weekend, He used it to teach my husband to trust that He will provide. Many cars were waiting for a space. My husband said let’s go to another car park but I insisted on going into the car park and trust the Lord because I have prayed earlier. Lo and behold, we got one as soon as we drove in. It proves to my husband and son that even a small thing, God will provide. Glory to His name.

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    1. Hallelujah praise God for His goodness and testimony to your family! May our Father continue to guide you each day in all you day, blessing your faithfulness to His promises to you. May your family witness the light of His Grace in you. Amen πŸ™

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