“Getting to Know God”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, January 11, 2022 comes to us from Shelley C. Wu of California

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:7-12 NIV

“Getting to Know God”

Over 30 years ago, I experienced early-onset menopause. I was a mother and working full-time at a bank while my husband had just changed his career path. Fearing an increased risk of breast cancer, I did not take hormone therapy treatment. As a result, I suffered from many disturbing symptoms. When I turned to my sister for advice, she suggested that I pray for God’s help. I hesitated. Why would God listen to my prayer? I was not even a churchgoer. But she encouraged me to pray with all my heart, not worrying about what God would do.

By God’s mercy, I gained strength in dealing with my situation after praying faithfully every day. As I found peace amidst my challenging symptoms, I began to understand how much God loves me. I started attending Sunday services and studying the Bible with fellowship friends, and I joined our church choir. All these years God has answered many of my prayers. Looking back, those answers are truly miracles in my life, and my sister was a loving angel sent to me by God. How wonderful it is, getting to know God starting with only a faithful prayer!



Shelly C. Wu’s reflection reminds me of the many times that God has been at work in my life for good outcomes. Yet usually, I am aware of God at work only in retrospect. Even when I turn to God in prayer, trusting that God is with me, I don’t see what God has done for me until I am looking back on the situation. I invite you to consider those times when God has answered your prayer and been at work in your life and give thanks to God for that loving embrace.

--Pastor bea


Heavenly Father, thank you for people who guide us closer to you. Thank you for always opening the door when we knock. Amen.

--Sally C. Wu

Prayer Focus:

Women experiencing menopause

Thought for the Day:

When I face challenges, I will turn to God in prayer.