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Advent 2020: You Only Have to Listen by Vanessa King


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

-Proverbs 3:5-6


14th Day After Christmas

January 8, 2021

You Only Have to Listen

In July, I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to renew my driver's license with the required information. The DMV clerk accepted the information, took my picture, gave me a paper printout of my renewed license, and told me I would receive my new license by mail. I gave him my PO Box address, due to problems I had receiving mail at my home address. However, since the DMV does not deliver to PO Boxes, I had to stop having my mail forwarded to the PO Box until after I received my driver's license. I left the DMV and went directly to the Post Office to make them aware that my license could not be sent to a PO Box, but had to be delivered to a home address. The Post Office clerk agreed to deliver all mail to my home address. After three weeks of waiting and no license, I called the DMV and was told my driver's license had been sent. Although the DMV sent my license three more times, the license never arrived. The DMV told me that I would have to repeat the renewal process in March, and could not use the previous information.

I prayed to God for help. Days later, I was telling a friend my experience and she told me she might be able to help me. Later that day, I received a call from someone at the DMV who had heard about my situation. I was told my license would be delivered by Federal Express, and so it was.


We have only to trust and obey, and God will always direct our paths, but we must listen.

Sister Vanessa King

Church School


Advent 2020

Join us in a time of reflection, anticipation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2020.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline. Chart and journal for yourself what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is illuminating for you in this season.



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