Have you ever felt that your life was on hold as you waited for that One Thing?
The one answer to your prayers and the prayers your friends pray for you. ‘It’ seems so clearly defined. So obvious. Did God notice?
‘It’ is not sex. I’m speaking of our greatest longings, our heart’s desires, our wants and needs. Things like health, a spouse (love), a child, a job, a relationship, meaning.
Once again, does God care?
Is ‘it’ not the most important thing? The circumstance that will change my life?
For me, ‘it’ has been health enough to be physically present with my family and others. To add quality to my life.
‘It’ isn’t bad. But God has not been addressing ‘it’ as I have.
His answers to my prayers have showed me more who He is. He’s shown me my own self centered heart and how it grieves Him. He has been pruning me – heavily. I have felt the cuts deeply. Losses. Loss of self. Loss of things.
I wait. I wonder. Will ‘it’ ever happen?
As the words in Romans 8:22 so aptly explain: “the whole creation has been groaning…as in the pains of childbirth.” I labor in this world as God works out His plans in my life. His ‘its’ in my heart.
His purposes will not fail. He answers every prayer I utter, always for my best interest. ‘Its’ aside, He puts His best for me first.
His purposes, His plan, better than all the ‘its’ my heart can cry for.
Today, I gave Him my ‘its’. May His will, His purposes, His plan be done to ‘it’.
Let ‘it’ be so! Amen.
“He who called you is faithful and He will do it.”
I Thessalonians 5:24
**I pull this article from the archives yearly, as it tells a bit of my story and the central theme of this blog – looking to God in the places in our lives where our heart’s desires have not been met as we expected. My ‘it’ has been health ever since I wrote this ten years ago. A reasonable request. Initially, I was surprised I didn’t experience instant healing through my prayers. My healing is happening, but it began in the oddest of places – in my heart.
Part of my story has been a story of learning to trust God. To let go of my ‘its’, my issues, and free fall into His arms in trust.
For me, trust means waiting on God (not whining, but waiting) and believing He can do ‘it’. Today, He has done ‘it’, I have experienced much healing, but the process continues, my part is to trust Him, each day.