There are times when we call out to God and plead with Him to come through for us about certain situations. Begging Him to heal our bodies, or to give our spouse a raise that we’ve needed desperately for years. Then there are times when we simply lift a request once or twice to Him and His response falls so sweetly into our hearts. Like tonight. His favor is such a sweet fragrance that lingers long after our prayers have been answered.
God has called us to walk into a new place doing ministry for Him that He planted the seed for a long time ago. Time has watered it, dreams have fertilized it, and people have helped along the way to prepare the vision for harvesting. He has gently called us two times before to this place and two times the peace wasn’t there to guide us into making the decision to go forward. We couldn’t understand it, but God’s timing is perfect and He sees around the curves in the road where we cannot. It’s better that way, don’t you think? Don’t everyone answer at once, now.
God calls us to a life of walking by faith. The scary thing is, sometimes it seems like we can’t see the road a few feet ahead of us. It reminds me of when a child takes their first steps. As a parent, you’re squatting in the floor a few feet from that sweet little snaggle tooth grin making funny faces and trying to convince that little booger to take those first wobbly steps. They see you, someone they’re learning to trust, and either take the steps or stand still toying with you. Doesn’t that drive you nuts when you’re cheering them on like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader? Well, minus the I’ve-never-had-kids-or-love-handles-or-a-wiped-a-squirming-naked-butt-stereotype. So maybe not like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. At all.
Well, let me assure you, God’s silence does not declare His absence. He knows what we’re capable of. He steps back with a smile in His face like the amazing Father He is and watches our sweet little steps. One foot after the other.
It simply puts our faith to the test. Do we really believe in the One who spoke the oceans into existence and filled them with all kinds of unique and incredible life? Or do we pray prayers with our faith tank on “E” and just hope He loves us enough to hear us if He’s not too busy solving the rest of the world’s problems? Uh huh. I think we’re all split up evenly between the two.
Our faith is like the steering wheel that moves the heart of God. It says in Mark 11:23, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” It’s very obvious that our faith moves God’s hands. We can’t make demands and expect God to adhere to our plan, but when we lay down our will at His feet and trust Him, incredible things can happen!
Incredible things like when you’ve prayed that God would open the door for you to record a devotional CD for moms that you know He’s called you to do, and suddenly a family friend contacts you telling you it would be their honor to do this with you. Wow. It’s amazing how God works! Or when God connects the prayers of two people, answers them both at the same time killing two birds with one stone and hitting a double whammy. Well, without the killing part. That would be rather morbid. And messy.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” When you pray, your words exceed beyond the ceiling. They don’t get stuck in the insulation in the attic. He hears your prayers and will answer you. Believe that! There’s so much hope in that!
His timing is so perfect. Don’t rush God. Wait on Him and let Him give you the very best instead of trying to push it on your own and settle for less. He will open doors for you that no man can shut and He will close doors that no man can open. If you’re willing to accept the call, He will connect you with the right people at the right time in the right place to make your wildest dreams come true. And baby, this is no fairy tale. In Christ, there really is a Happily Ever After.