by Sandy Kirby Quandt
During a recent conversation with Pie, he said he was glad something he wanted, prayed for, and was disappointed not to get, didn’t happen.
I imagine we’ve all been there. There is that certain something, or somethings, we desperately desire. We take our request to God knowing he hears and answers prayer, only he doesn’t answer our prayer the way we hoped.
When we pray expecting God to answer our request as we want it answered, because we trust in his mercy and grace, we can also accept when he tells us no, because we trust in his mercy and grace.
When we go through that hurt and disappointment of a no, it’s rather difficult to count it all joy, or to believe God in his infinite wisdom did what was best for us. But that’s exactly what he did.
How many times have we asked God for something, and just like Pie, in hindsight, thanked him for not doing it?
For me, I’d have to say a lot of times.
It’s during those times we need to go back to what we know. God is good. Not just when things go smoothly for us. God is good all the time. That includes when things don’t go so smoothly for us.
My most vivid memory of beginning to accept this truth was decades ago, standing in a convention center surrounded by fellow Christians singing, “God is so good” while tears streamed down my face. I knew it to be true, but at that very moment events in my life were anything but good.
Even though the events in that situation were not good, God never changed.
He remained GOOD.
Isn’t that where we need to find ourselves?
Regardless of whether the things happening in our lives at this point in time are good, we declare God is good.
Like I said, difficult.
Have you had times when you prayed for something that didn’t come out the way you hoped, only to be grateful they didn’t?
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Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. Philippians 4:6 (VOICE)
I wish you well.
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