Monday, February 7, 2011

That Word That We Hate To Hear

Ok, so maybe blogging just isn't for me. Or maybe I just need to be more disciplined about actually taking the time to DO it instead of casually forgetting about it. Haha :) But hopefully since I now have a job that requires me to sit in front of a computer all day and wait for students that need tutoring, maybe I can become a teensy bit more consistent in writing. Maybe.

Thank God for answered prayers. And for all the ways that He chooses to answer pray. And just FYI Mr. Brooks, God ALWAYS answers your prayers; sometimes yes, sometimes, no, and sometimes wait. But He will always answer. And I am most thankful for the answers that are "no." Weird, huh? But honestly, if God had said yes to every prayer I had ever prayed this world would be a very different place. Doctors would not have jobs (God heal all the sick people in the whole world! age 6), my family would be host to a cornucopia of animals (Dear Jesus, I'd really like a pet tiger. . . or an otter. age 8), and I would be a quite a rebellious child (Dear Lord, PLEASE don't let Dad remember that he was going to ground me. age 12). And just think of boy that we girls would have married if God had listened to our blinded teenage hearts when we prayed for marriage with our first boyfriends. Wow, that changes how our lives would look now, doesn't it? But all humor aside, what would our lives be like if God had granted us all the things that we had asked for? I remember when my dad started talking to the pulpit committee from Carlisle when I was 8. I prayed and prayed that God would just make all those weird people from Florida just go away. I was happy where I was. I had lots of friends and a house that I loved and a church that was the perfect playground. BUT, God said "No, I need your family in Florida." And boy was I mad. I did not want to move AT ALL. However, looking back, I'm so glad that God said no. I look at all the people that I would not have been blessed with if God had said yes to my childish plea. The people that God has placed in my life since then have changed and shaped me into the person that I am today. So I am most thankful for the times when God says no, because that usually means that He has something better than our feeble minds could ever imagine in store.

So, thank you, God, for say NO. I know that most of the time we don't like to hear it, but keep all us humans straight and keep on saying it.