If you have kids or have been to the grocery store when kids are in it, you’ve probably seen some fits. Kids know what they want, but they don’t always know what’s best for them. When the parent doesn’t give into their desires, they know how to create a scene. It’s somewhat humorous, as long as it’s not your kid! We tend to act the same way towards God when there’s something we want and He refuses to give it to us. When we don’t understand why, we pitch a fit and cause a scene. It’s a good thing God is patient with us and loves us through these struggles.
One of the hardest things to understand as a Christian is why certain prayers go unanswered. There have been times in my life where I’ve desperately prayed and cried out to God for a specific answer to prayer and He didn’t answer the way I thought He should. I felt let down and disappointment in God. I even got mad at God over it. In my childish emotional state, I screamed out, “I’ll never as you for another thing!” I didn’t realize at the time that would hurt me more than Him. I don’t like it when God doesn’t answer the deepest desires of my heart, but through those times, I’ve learned to look at the consistency of who God is and know He did what was right even though I couldn’t see it.
Romans 8:28 says, “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives” (TPT). When I don’t understand His slow response or answer opposite of what I’m asking for, I think of this verse. I remember that my life is a tapestry that He is making, not me. I can only see the under side of it, which doesn’t always make sense. I’ve seen His work in the lives of others, so I trust that He is doing the same for me. One day I’ll see the other side of the work He’s doing and understand why things didn’t go according to my will. Until then, I’ll trust in His decisions knowing His overarching goal is to bring good into my life.
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