Have you ever prayed for something really important and God didn’t answer your prayer? Sure you have. We all have.
When I was a young girl in Ireland, my family lived in a semi-detached house with about six small back yards attached to each other. They were all fenced, but not enough to keep any human, or animal for that matter, in their own space. It was in this place that I decided God would surely love to bless me with a horse, and I would settle for a pony if necessary. So, I began praying for this equine blessing. Every night before I climbed into bed, I would get down on my knees and ask the Lord to deliver a horse to my back yard, and every morning I would look out my parent’s bedroom window, to view the backyard in search of my blessing.
After a few days of petitioning the creator and owner of the cattle on a thousand hills, ‘I’ll Have Another’ did not appear in my back yard, thus it was obviously time to get more serious in my request making. So I went to church and filled out a prayer request card, after all, this was important business. I dropped it in the offering plate, and funny thing, my mom gave it to me a few years ago. Anyway, I believed God would answer my prayer, and I kept checking for my horse every morning for…hmmm, at least a few more weeks.
The moral of the story is that God knew better than I did: there wasn’t enough room for a horse, the neighbors in our subdivision might have had a problem with it, not to mention my parents. How would we feed it, I would only be able to ride it if it learned to take mice size steps, and the list goes on.
God does answer our prayers, but not always with a ‘yes’. Sometimes it’s a straight up ‘no’ and sometimes we get a ‘wait’. Personally, I can’t stand the ‘wait’ answer. Limbo is way worse than ‘no’. At least with a ‘no’ I can move on (usually) but that ‘wait’ has the potential to drive me crazy! Until…I let go and trust the Lord.
We don’t see the big picture, but He does. He knows ultimately what’s best, we don’t. Let go. Go ahead, trust Him. It’s ok. He’s trustworthy.
(For those outside the USA, ‘I’ll Have Another’ is the name of a recent famous race horse.)