God always answers our prayers…..sometimes it is right away, and sometimes is could be years before we receive an answer. I have heard lots of people say that God’s timing is perfect. Even then, we do not always get the things that we want or think we need, and that can be the toughest thing to accept for a Christian who lives in faith. When we agreed to let our Lord and Savior call the shots in our lives, learning to deal with temporary disappointment goes with the territory.
Most of the time, that disappointment turns to understanding. On those occasions that God chooses to reveal to us why He had to say ‘No’, we get a glimpse of why His plan is the better one. Had He given me my way on many of the things I have asked for, I would have been ultimately unhappy……or worse, damaged by them. Granted, it took years to come to this peaceful acceptance of God’s ultimate Will in my life, but I would have saved myself hours of heartache if I had come to this decision a long time ago.
There is a movie about learning to listen to God’s Will that I abosultey love. The guy in the movie is very selfish and grumpy, but learns through his Grandfathers posthumous tutelage how to put others first and let God be in control. It’s called, ‘The Ultimate Gift’, and you can watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwXe5eKZr6M The movie came out in 2007, and this Christmas, they released the sequel/prequel to the movie (I haven’t seen it yet), called, ‘The Ultimate Life’. You can see the trailer for this one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xRdyTEDEcs It’s nice to have movies like these to boost your spirits and give inspiration. Christian movies have played a huge role in my life, and helped me to learn how to lean on Him for everything, not my own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
So, I put all of that peaceful acceptance into practice this past week, when driving by the fixer upper house that I was dreaming of buying. It had been on the market for three years before we discovered it last month, and the price was so incredibly low that I envisioned us saving for a while so that we could buy is outright, completely debt free. It was a five bedroom, old rambling farm house, that would have been perfect for a bunch of kiddies to run around in……..or so I thought 🙂 God must have a different plan though, because it just sold. Yet, instead of pouting over my unrealized renovation ideas and painting schemes, I will instead sit back and wait for God’s Will to unfold.