(Duhhhh) LOL Honestly though, we're certain there's others out there that have thought surely my prayers are going to be answered in a Red Sea or Burning Bush moment only to get handed a prescription to be filled by your local pharmacist (or something equally simple). Goes to prove God moves in miraculous ways doesn't it?
We thought and thought about what we'd like share in this blog. Mom and I decided we'd just like to encourage anyone who's prayed over the same issue for absolutely years to not give up praying and waiting on God's perfect time.
I've watched Mom struggle with her anxiety and fears for years. I'm the one she's talked to when she felt her fist pound the unyielding doors of heaven, and feel like God never heard her pleas for help.
If we were with you now sitting across from you at the kitchen table, Mom would take your hand and tell you to not give up, keep praying, keep bringing your request to God, and keep the faith. We understand how discouraging it can be to watch the years go by and your prayers remain unanswered.
Luke 11: 7-9
…7And the one inside answers, ‘Do not bother me. My door is already shut and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up to provide for him because of his friendship, yet because of the man’s persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (We'd interject here in God's time)
God sees more than we ever can ever imagine in our lives, and He knows the perfect time for events to occur and our prayers to be answered. Mom will probably never know why it took 20 years for her anxiety problem to be resolved and her prayers answered, but that's ok. We understand that all things work to the good of those that love Christ.
God is faithful to keep His word. We see this time and time again in the bible. The Israelites were overwhelmed with disappointment and discouraged. Nothing was as they imagined it would be after they returned from Babylonian exile.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
Over and over again these very words are repeated in the Bible. God understands when we become discouraged. He made us, we are indeed the work of His hand. There is nothing in our thoughts or hearts that can be hidden from Him, and He understands our flagging faith.
500 years pass before the Israelites see Zechariah's prophesy come true. Gods time is not our time. He keeps His promises, we have to keep the faith through the sunshine, the rain, and the passing years.
You may not feel like God hears your prayers, or that your prayers are going to be answered. We'd like to remind you of this verse in
"To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." The two words here--season and time--imply duration and a point in time. Because everything has a season, nothing (at least on earth) lasts forever. God has appointed a "season" for everything. Seasons have beginnings and endings. They last, but not too long. (1)
These seasons may seem to last forever in our eyes, remember
2 Peter 3:8–9 reads:
‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
Be encouraged God isn't a respecter of persons. If He answered Mom's prayer after 20 years, He'll be faithful to answer yours too.
Love and Peace,
Molly and my Mom
(1) God's Time