“You have no idea the numbers of people that God may want to influence through you.” Andy Stanley
One of my favorite Bible verses is, “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7 NRSV) But what does it mean exactly? Does it mean God will give us whatever we ask for no matter what? No, of course not.
In Matthew, Jesus goes on to explain that God will only answer to what is good. Our requests and prayers must also not interfere with the lessons we came here to learn. I once had a deep conversation with a Catholic priest about this verse. Why is it that some prayers are answered and others aren’t? Why are some cured while others aren’t? Why do bad things happen? His response was, “God doesn’t cause bad things to happen, He only allows them to happen.”
Growing up, I was raised Roman Catholic and always believed in the power of prayer. My Godmother Lucy was extremely religious and I loved going to Sunday mass with her. Despite so many hardships in her own life, her faith never wavered. Lucy was one of the first to teach me how to pray but as I grew older my prayers have become more conversational than formal.
Each night before I go to sleep, I always ask God to help me do what I am meant to be doing. I ask that He guide me in everything that I do. As an author and motivational speaker, things are sometimes so overwhelming. I feel a tremendous obligation to my readers and to the members of my Facebook groups, etc. but I also need to put my family first.
Last month, I was having a tough week and asked God if my work was really making a difference. I felt like I wasn’t giving my work the attention it deserved and asked for a sign that I needed continue writing my books.
That same day I had to make an appointment with my daughter’s pediatrician in order for her to get her required immunizations for college admission. When I called I was told that my doctor could not see me but since my daughter was only getting two vaccinations they would give me the nurse practitioner. I did not recognize the name of the nurse practitioner and had never taken either of my daughters to her before.
When we arrived for my daughter’s appointment we waited in the office for the nurse practitioner to join us. After about 10 minutes, she walked into the room and introduced herself and I told her why we were there. I noticed her looking at me but didn’t think much of it until she said, “Varga? Are you the author, the one who writes about near-death experiences?”
You have to understand that this doesn’t happen often and when it does I am always thrown off. Yes, I am an author but it is always odd when people recognize me. I looked over at her and said, “Yes. How did you know that?”
“Because I read your book,” she responded. Remembering my request for a sign, I looked at her dumbfounded. She told me how much she believed in the afterlife and how much she admired my work. I thanked her for her kind words. But she gave me much more than kind words, she gave me the encouragement I so desperately needed.
Recently, I asked for another sign. In September, I will have two daughters in college and have been worried about how we are going to make ends meet. One night I was again feeling very conflicted. I know if I take another full-time job it will take away from my afterlife research. It will certainly impact my work as an author and motivational speaker. So on this night I asked for another sign. “Tell me Lord if I am meant to stay on this path.”
The next morning I sat at the kitchen table drinking my coffee when a bird suddenly appeared. I watched it as it sat on my patio chair for several minutes. (Actual photo is above.) I was amazed by how long it remained in front of my window seemingly staring straight at me. I wondered if this could possibly be a sign and grabbed my phone to capture a picture just as it took off.
Our loved ones in heaven are in spirit form and are pure energy. This means that they can direct their energy into animals when they want to bring us a sign. When this happens the bird or animal will act in a way it typically would not act.
Later that day I went on to my computer and found a private Facebook message from a woman named Anabel. Her message read, “I recently bought your book and I was listening to your podcast and I just wanted to thank you. You opened a part of my heart and I am so grateful. I recently lost both of my parents and I have felt so lost without them but your books have helped me. You gave me the biggest gift.”
Unbeknownst to Anabel, she had given me the biggest gift. She went on to tell me how she had followed my advice in one of my podcasts and started talking to her mother asking for a sign. That night she had a dream visit from her mother. Her dream proved to her that her mother did, in fact, hear her.
At one point in the dream she asked her mother if it was really her. In response, her mother replied, “Of course, it is. Who else would it be?” Anabel’s letter truly warmed my heart and literally brought happy tears to my eyes.
Anabel, thank you for allowing me to share part of your story. You wrote, “You have opened a part of my heart that was so lost.” Thank you sincerely for your immensely kind words. But I hope you can now see that you opened my heart as well. God works in mysterious ways. It is up to us to listen.