Does God Answer?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;>)

Mitch Teemley


God rarely tells me what he’s doing.

But he’s always ready to show me what he wants me to do.

Some years back I landed an invitation-only spot in a workshop at CBS. It was peopled by up-and-coming comedy writers and would serve as a think tank for new TV sit-coms. Yes, I was excited. Like, diarrhea excited.

I lived an hour away, so I did my morning God-talk on the freeway en route. One morning several weeks in, I asked God what He wanted me to do.

Big mistake.

Almost instantly I sensed that he wanted me to tell my new R-rated friends about Him. Being a man of faith, I replied, “No. What else you got?” Silence. (He does that a lot.) “OK,” I exhaled, “but if you want me to talk to a room full of worldly, anti-religious people, You’re going to have to make it happen…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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7 Responses to Does God Answer?

  1. Heather says:

    Deliciously amusing!
    Yet so sobering-ly true.

    I’m a “please, Lord, just drop in into my lap” sorta person. And I have to say that God has definitely been faithful to do that. It was a relief to realize that my primary responsibility is to be ready to receive those unnervingly happy little opportunities 🙂

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Yeah, I don’t think God expects to beat the bushes so much as to be near when they cry out. Or (to mix metaphors) be ready to take off our shoes when the bush starts to burn miraculously. ;>)


  2. John Sayers says:

    Mitch once again thanks for keeping me on your email list. I would agree that God may not always answer, well at least answers I want, but seems to always show us what to do and where to go. Guess that is why I am in Jail.

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  3. Great story! Well written!

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  4. Part of my journey with cancer was listening to God tell me to not stop being me. He didn’t want to see me play the ‘sick’ role. He wanted to show the world that with Him everything is possible. With my closest family 12 hours away (in another country) just four months after my divorce was final and two young children still at home. God wanted people to see that it was THROUGH THEM that He does His best work and that we all are truly the arms and feet of Christ.

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