Barb Hunt, my independent insurance agent, has worked her magic. She has shepherded my application through the process and gotten Kaiser to accept it! I will have full insurance coverage starting August 1. The premiums are almost $1,100 a month but that will be much less than the chemo treatments.
I am very thankful for this blessing.
It is an answer to prayer – or is it?
Would I have gotten insurance if no one prayed simply because Kaiser is in the insurance business? Thousands of people are insured every month sans prayer, even people with cancer.
If Kaiser had said “no,” would this have been God’s answer because he wants to provide for me in another way? Most Christians would say so. But when everything is an answer, nothing is.
If God is answering prayer for my financial needs, why didn’t he see to my physical needs earlier and save us both a lot of money?
There’s no way to be certain when God is tinkering with our circumstances or how. Perhaps he doesn’t meddle very often as John Boykin posits in his excellent book The Gospel of Coincidence (http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Coincidence-God-Control/dp/0310395917).
“God answered our prayer,” usually means events turned out as we hoped. But when bad things happen, or nothing at all, we don’t often accuse God of ignoring us. We let him off the hook by saying his answer was “no,” or that he has a deeper purpose in mind. Probably true, but my point is, we don’t know. That doesn’t trouble most people; others of us it does.
We understand a lot less about the providence of God than we claim to.
Life happens and we fill in the captions as best we can.