It’s true that God works in mysterious ways. In 2012 I really started to take this whole “being a Christian thing” seriously. I bought a prayer/devotional journal and read the entire bible that year. Every day, I would earnestly petition God for things I was sure he wanted. “God, will you help my family come to know you.” “God, I know some of the most hardworking, responsible people that could really use some help to find a good job.” “God, can you bless me and family with __________.” Don’t think I’m perfect, by any means or even, particularly a “good Christian” by traditional standards. I have my struggles just like anyone else.
Here’s the weird thing. Last week, God answered my most self-severing prayers. Don’t get me wrong I was ecstatic. I am beyond thankful, giving God all the glory in helping me out. But, what about the unanswered prayers? Surely, those were the good prayers. The ones after God’s heart. God just wants a relationship with people. I didn’t just say a prayer and go on with my day. I’ve been actively trying to reach my family for Christ for three years, as opposed to passively evangelizing. I’ve also been actively involved in some people’s job searches, yet still nothing.
So why does God pick and choose what he responds to? I was praying about this the other day and it seems that (believe it or not) God has his own time tables that things work by. It’s his plan. I suppose this is for the best because if it were my plan we’d have every hope of eating a gourmet, healthy home cooked meal, and somehow end up with a Hot and Ready from Little Creaser’s Pizza. So, in a way, I’m glad it’s not my plan. But it is still thoroughly frustrating when God says “not now.” It’s true that God isn’t fair but he is just. Whatever you are praying for don’t lose hope. Everything happens in God’s time. He rarely flat out says no to something in his will, but the answer may come in an unexpected way.