When I was a little kid I begged my pops for a hamster.
He said no.
His reasoning was that I wasn’t responsible nor mature enough to care for that kind of pet. I would have to clean its cage every other day, lay down new wood chipping, put it in its ball for exercise, feed it and make sure it always had something to chew through.
I assured him I could do it, that even though a hamster demanded a list of care taking responsibilities I was not accustomed to, I’d figure it out and it would all be okay.
He finally said yeah. We went ahead and we got the whole set up and the supplies needed to care for my new bundle of fur.
Man oh man. Did I get over that ball of fury fast.
It constantly escaped its cage and ball. It dug through its wood chips, spewing them in every direction, leaving a trail of mulch all around its cage. It stunk like crazy. Cleaning the cage was a daily chore because of this stench. It chewed on its cage loudly at night causing me to stay awake and the final straw the freaking thing bit me so hard it drew blood.
Maybe my dad was right. Maybe he knew better.
I tell this story because it is an example of the many times our parents know what’s best and we as their child think we know best. Our parents try to encourage us down paths and to make decisions with our best interests in mind. Many times we just want what we want.
Their experiences give them the knowledge to assist in navigating life-our lack of experience sometimes leaves us thinking we know of a better navigation system.
I have prayed for certain things and they simply don’t come into fruition. To get personal I’ve prayed for things like, my mom’s sobriety. Or my dad to become saved and know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I have prayed for my own purpose and relief of pain. However this wish list, yeah nothings been checked off.
I’m sure you’ve prayed and God hasn’t answered your prayers before as well. And if you’re like me there are times, maybe more than likely, there is this battle within to trust God because after all these things we are praying for are not bad things. They are aspects that we think will bring wholesomeness and a sense of unity to our lives.
The truth is God loves us, and even more so than our parents he knows what we need and what’s best for us. God is much like a parent. But instead, God knew you before your parents even thought of you ( “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb” Psalm 139:13). Individually, God knows how we think. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses and he knows our talents and gifts that he himself bestowed upon us. He knows the calling he’s laid on each of our lives and he knows the demand the calling will have. He knows each of our final destinations. And he knows how to get us there safely. And if we have faith that he will, then he will.
Our job here is to trust him. He wants us to instill a sense of trust in him. Trust that God’s word stands true when he says in Jeremiah 29:11 that he knows the plans he has for us, those of prosperity and not failure. Trust that he loves us to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). We have to trust that we only see this little puzzle piece of life right now-that God knows the entire picture and he knows where and when to set all the pieces. We must trust that he knows better and while we can make our own plans God will determine our steps (Proverbs 16:9).
Those unanswered prayers that have the potential to turn us away from God may actually be God waiting to give us what we need and when we need it, and him seeking our trust in between. We must trust that God is in control and his timing is perfect. The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord (Lamentations 3: 25-26). We must trust in his word.
So I’m not sure what you are waiting on from God. I don’t know how long you’ve been waiting. I’m not sure if it is something small and trivial or major and life changing, and I have no answers to your personal situation. However, I do know that if you remain in God you will be fruitful. I do know he knows the desires of your heart and he will grant you them if you trust in him, through the good and bad (Psalm 37:4).
I know that he loves you and values you more than all creation. Let our lives thrive and rest on his trustful and unchanging ways. Let’s not let our limited understanding shrink God’s unprecedented capabilities.
“And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” -Luke 12:7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” -Proverbs 3:5