I met a young man while shopping. He and I began talking and he happened to say something that would later send me on this journey of intense study and prayer. He had recently gone through a very hurtful breakup with the mother of their infant daughter and said that he thought she was “the one” and now he was in a place of questioning and doubting God since he felt like God didn’t answer his prayers to be with this woman forever. I’m sure many of us can relate to this type of doubt and uncertainty, in our own lives, in some way. However, I could sense that this was much more than your typical doubt, if you will.
In the short time that we spoke, which was about half an hour, I learned more about this young man than I learned about many of my friends during our first few months of friendship. I also believe that this young man walked away with a newfound faith and a certainty that he had longed for, for a lifetime. To God be the glory! You see, I am not the kind of person that believes in sugarcoating this thing called faith; I am not going to paint out a life spent with Jesus to be a life free from pain, struggle, tears or hurt. However, as long as there is breath in these lungs I will forever let you know that in the midst of the pain and the tears, there will always be an indescribable peace and an unspeakable joy that can only come from Jesus.
Back to our topic, delayed or unanswered?… When I was growing up, my grandmother, who was a mighty woman of faith, used to say, “Baby girl, there will always be times when God seems distant but that’s when you have to stand a little firmer, pray a little harder and trust a little longer.” I’m not going to even lie and say that I understood what she meant by that but as I’ve grown up, had a family of my own, and continued my own walk with the Lord, I have begun to understand many of her words a little bit better.
You see, we all have times when we want to give up or we feel stagnated in some part of our lives. I’m sure many, if not all, of us have had times when we have prayed to some ‘higher being’ and things just didn’t pan out the way we thought they would. It is very easy to stop believing, to stop trusting, and to give up on faith during those times but that is the trick of the enemy. The enemy wants you to believe that there is no God or that God is not listening to you but that is a lie from the pit of hell! The truth is that God does listen, God does care and God is real!
There are times when we, as parents, avoid giving our own children things that will harm them or take them off of the path that they are supposed to be traveling on. If we, as parents, think about our children in this way and want to prevent them from ever being hurt in any way, what do you believe the God of all creation thinks about concerning us and our well-being?
DISCLAIMER: I take full responsibility, retaliation and backlash for the following statement: I honestly believe that there is no such thing as an unanswered prayer; there is either yes or no.
Many times, it is not that God has not answered our prayers. Many times, God has either answered the prayer with a “No” and that is why it feels like He did not answer us because He has answered in a way that we were not really expecting or open to. And, sometimes, His answer is “Yes” and everything works out the way we thought it should or even better. What we have to remember is that everything will be answered in the end so, whether or not we understand God’s Will, we can rest assured that we will fully understand everything (the good, the bad and the ugly) that happened, in this life, when we get to eternity.
My goal, in every post that I write, is to make you think, not to change your mind or belief, just to give you something to chew on. If you happen to get something more out of the thoughts written into this blog that is wonderful but the goal is to really just present a new perspective about very real issues, subjects or questions that we all may have thought about at one point or another.