Have you ever felt as though God does not hear your prayers? Jesus says “ask and it shall be given to you.” So why do some prayers seemingly go unanswered? Well, they don’t. God answers each and every prayer and petition, it just may be that the answer is “no,” or “not just yet.” The more I get to know God, the more I know that He wants more for us than we could ever fathom in our own minds.
A parent will tell a child “no” in order to protect the child and keep him or her safe. The parent knows that a child crossing a busy street is a recipe for disaster. The child wants to cross the street; the child thinks he or she can cross the street; the child will even fuss and scream because they want to cross the street, but the parent knows that the child shouldn’t cross the street. In much the same way, God says “no” to us. I may think I want a certain thing, or person, or situation in my life. I may ever fuss and scream because I want it to happen so badly. But God knows better. I have come to trust Him without fail, and you know what? my life has become so much more peaceful as a result. No longer do I fight against the “no’s” or “not yets.” I trust in God’s perfect timing, and look forward to the time when I can look over the landscape of my life and clearly see how those answered prayers guided me through life and to the place I will call my forever home.