Do you ever feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean, waiting for someone to throw you a life preserver?
Have you been waiting for your financial situation to turn around? For your prodigal child to return? For your spouse to see the error in their ways? For your physical healing to come?
Have you been praying the same prayer and wondered why God hasn’t answered, or delivered you from your trial?
I’ve been there many times.
Sometimes the wait has been long…years. And I’ve been tempted to give up hope…to stop praying…to assume His answer was no, or worse yet, that He just didn’t hear my prayers.
But He has been showing me that because of Him, Hope Prevails!
It doesn’t always look like we want it to, or think it should. But God told us in His word “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
Recently, God used a situation in my own life to help me understand this better, and to see that when we think He has forgotten or is doing nothing, we must trust He is really working ALL things together for us in His perfect way and in His perfect time.
Over ten years ago I was at an area leadership luncheon meeting for women’s ministry leaders. While there, I met the keynote speaker, whom I had long admired, and who was friends with a colleague of mine also at the luncheon. Upon meeting her, I felt an immediate connection, but the relationship went no further. I thought nothing of it…she meets thousands of women every year.
Recently, I was at my private practice when I received a text from the colleague who had been at the luncheon ten years prior. She and I had the occasional interaction over the years, but no regular opportunity to connect. She texted to ask for a few moments of my time to ask for some professional guidance. I responded that I’d be happy to help and would follow up later in the day after I had finished seeing patients and had more time to consider her concern.
Not giving it another thought, that afternoon took me to a meeting about an hour from my office. Honestly, I had wrestled with even to go to the meeting or not, believing it may not be a good stewardship of my time. After prayerful concern, still not wanting to go, I felt what I discerned to be a prompting from God.
While at the meeting, I realized I was in the same city as the colleague who had texted that morning. If you know me at all, you know I thrive on one on one connection…the kind where you get to see another’s passion and heart in life. I’d much rather sit down for a few minutes over coffee or tea than play text or email volleyball of messages.
So I texted my colleague from the meeting and let her know my whereabouts, which was followed with an invitation to come over to chat in person. Within the hour, my soul’s desire for connection was being refueled, while she was getting professional input to her concern.
As we neared the end of our professional conversation, she asked for an update on recent events in my life. I enthusiastically shared with her the most significant areas that I saw God moving and leading, but also shared with her an area that I felt powerless to effect. An area that would require God to mightily answer my prayers and be my provider.
Without hesitation, she offered that her friend, the keynote speaker I had met ten years ago, would have insight into my predicament. She proceeded to phone her on the spot to address the concern right then. What I didn’t know that morning when I had first received the text for input from my friend, was that it was this speaker’s suggestion that she contact me…she remembered me from 10 years prior.
Within minutes the three of us were visiting, sharing from the heart, and watching God connect the dots for each of us that he started drawing the foundation for over a decade before. And in the present, had I not yielded to His prompting to attend the meeting that afternoon, I would not have enjoyed their presence or input that afternoon. It was a time when God hit me with fresh revelation of his sovereignty and perfect timing.
When we can see only our current situation, He is already carefully weaving the foundation for our future prayers to be answered. When our prayers seem to go unanswered, He is waiting for His perfect timing, when He will receive glory.
Even when we are in the midst of difficulty, unable to see a resolution to our trials, we can trust that His plan is for good. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
What are you trusting God for today? Keep trusting, Friend. He’s working things out for your good.
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