“for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
I hope you all had a great day off yesterday in honor of our many heroes in the armed forces. If you didn’t have the day off, I apologize for reminding you of that fact.
I have some great and wonderful news to share with all of you. I just couldn’t wait to get to my computer this morning. And I am so happy that we are in the middle of our focus on worship, because this is a great story of the awesome God we adore.
As most of you know, this blog is a pure reflection of what is going on in my spiritual life. That is why sometimes it doesn’t make a lot of sense. You honestly get what is going on in my head each day. And that can be a confusing and dangerous thing sometimes.
Well, 3 years ago, I began praying for a person in my life. I can’t share the details with you because it is not my story to tell. However, I had been so worried and grieved about this person that I just kept praying. Then one day, I got a crazy idea in my head. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if ______________________ happened for this person?”
And I began praying that prayer. Now, the crazy part is, the _______________________________ was just about as possible (in my mind) as my capturing Bigfoot. I mean, the ____________________________ and this person did not even belong in the same universe. But for some reason, that was my prayer.
As time went on, as always, I got distracted with other things and those prayers didn’t happen quite as often. However, some of you may remember a few months ago when we focused on our prayers for others. I challenged each of you to pick the one person that needed it and pray for that person for 30 days.
Again this person and this outlandish prayer came to mind. So I did it for 30 days. And then, because it was a habit, I continued everyday to pray this prayer. And guess what??
IT HAPPENED!! It’s true. It happened this week and I am blown away and I can still hardly believe it, but it’s true. After 3 years, God came through in a miraculous way. In His time, with His own agenda, God produced what I believed to be impossible.
We serve an incredibly faithful God don’t we friends?
Now there is one thing I would like to say about this situation, and I would like to hear your thoughts on it. Please come back with your comments because I think we can all grow from them. But here it is. I don’t have the sense that God answered my prayer because I was so intentional with it. I truly think that the _______________ was God’s will all along, and He was the one who led me to make that request for all those years. See, I think back on it, and the request never made any sense to me. It was crazy. But I just felt compelled to ask, even though I didn’t think a change was possible for that person. But now, I truly believe God was leading me in that direction, and that He was not merely swayed by my efforts.
I am not saying that is always the case, but I do believe it was here. And it has taught me so much about God’s ability to make a way when there is no way in sight. And it has taught me so much about listening and paying attention when those prayers and requests pop into my mind from nowhere. He is a God that still works miracles. And He is a God that is still trying to teach me about having a strong and abiding faith, even when I don’t see immediate answers.
And that is reason enough for me to worship Him everyday, regardless of the answers I see or don’t see.
You are beyond description. I can praise You, but my words cannot adequately describe You. You are so much more powerful than I can imagine. And Your mercy knows no boundaries. Thank You, for never leaving nor forsaking me. And thank You for teaching me in ways that I can understand about Your vastness.
In Jesus’ name I pray,