This Is Not What I Asked For

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Now that most of our shopping is done online, I have finally decided to trust online shops. Well, I have always wanted to see or feel what I am buying before paying for it. But circumstances have forced me to download apps I never knew existed. So one of the major challenges in online shopping is not getting what you saw online. Maybe the colour of the dress is slightly different, maybe the food appears to be me online than what has actually been delivered, or maybe the item you just purchased is not that cool after all. My husband once got me a phone stand online, we were both excited about it until it was delivered. One, the box was smaller than I imagined, so we knew the size was not as expected, and two, the stand was so feeble it could not even hold the weight of my phone. So we realized that it can make a very good selfie stick and it is exactly what I needed.

Do you know where else this happens? In prayer: Sometimes God’s answers look nothing like our prayer requests. Maybe you have asked God for peace and immediately a storm swept in. You have prayed for finances and the only opportunities you get are not paying. You have asked for a spouse and the friendships around you start breaking. You have asked for promotion and you get fired. You ask for healing of a loved one and instead they pass on. Have you ever experienced this? Unexpected answers? Opposite of what you cry for? I think we all have, and we have dealt with the answers differently.

God’s word says that we should ask for anything in Jesus Name and believe that we have received. He also tells us to ask and we shall be given, seek and we shall find, to knock and the doors shall be opened. But what happens when the answers seem painful rather than pleasant? Does it mean that God did not hear us? Well, we have to agree that God’s ways are higher than ours, and His wisdom is not our wisdom. Even when His answers are disorienting and confusing, He will cause everything to work for our good. All we need to do is to trust Him, because some of the greatest gifts we receive from God come wrapped up in pain, the opportunities come disguised as work, miracles come in form of impossible situations.

Trust in the Lord even when you have not received what you asked for. Trust that He knows what He is doing; He is your creator and knows what is good for you. Maybe the storm is to remind you that He is a God who calms the storms, maybe the broken friendships is a way of Him isolating you so as to connect you to your partner, maybe getting fired is a step into a greater promotion elsewhere, maybe the healing you prayed for is not physical but eternal. Maybe what is causing you trouble right now, that harsh situation, is part of the process of getting that which you desire. Trust in the Lord. Your own understanding will fail you. Believe in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”

Remember that ours is to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us and knowing that even though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning. Yes, maybe you asked for a camera stand, but soon you will realize that what you really needed was a selfie stick. Trust your Maker.

Selah

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