This morning when I got up and ready for church, I knew it was snowing outside, but the Californian in me still has a hard time knowing how bad it is, especially when the plows have yet to come in our complex and make my life easier. I didn't think about it twice and left myself just enough time to get to church. I opened my garage door and there was a good 8+ inches waiting for me. At that moment I thought maybe I should have given myself a little extra time, but what could you do. I proceeded on my way and I didn't even make it onto the road before I got stuck. The dip between the driveway and the road got me with all the snow the plows pushed into it from the road. No amount of backing up and starting again was going to get me out of this one, believe me, I tried! I sat there in my car and said a little prayer and called Jordan at church to tell him I would be late if I made it at all. Just then, a lady pulled up who was trying to get in where I was trying to get out and asked me if I was going to move. I told her I wanted to, but couldn't because my car was stuck. She got out of her car and pushed me out of the rut I was in. My little prayer had been answered! I was on my way to church again. The whole drive there, I prayed and prayed that I would make it safely. Yet again, my prayers were answered, and I was able to make it to church and have such a great experience there.
This little experience may not seem like that big of a deal, but sometimes the answers to the small prayers are just what we need to give us the faith we need for the larger prayers. My prayers lately have been filled with so many big things that I have also been praying that I could have more faith. More faith that my prayers are heard and answered, more faith that I am doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do, more faith that I can do the things He asks of me and so on. It took some contemplation in church today to realize that two prayers had been answered in one: 1) Someone came to help me out of the snow so I could get to church and 2) I had confirmation that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers. If He is hearing and answering those small prayers that help us out of the snow, then surely He is hearing the bigger more important prayers too. Those bigger ones just take a little more work and a little more time to answer.
Thanks to anyone who reads this for humoring me. I have been so excited all day about my little epiphany that I just had to share it!