“Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” — Proverbs 16:3
I’ve had the lyrics to a Garth Brooks country song in my head all week, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers… Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs… That just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care … Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”
I think we can all relate to something we’ve prayed really hard for. Over and over, we wondered if God heard us. With my illness, I learned to pray for the things that really mattered. Okay, maybe not all the time! I really learned, though, to just trust in God. “Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” I read that Bible verse every single morning.
I had prayed all summer for the answer to a problem at work. I had a difficulty above anything I had ever experienced before, and I struggled with how to manage the situation. In the end, there was no way to “manage it,” so I put it in God’s hands. And every morning, I said out loud, “Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. I trust you, God. Please speak to my heart and help me get through this. I know this too shall pass.”
Yes, sometimes my faith wavered and I wondered if He was listening. And then in an instant, it changed — it was righted. And I’ve been singing “Unanswered Prayers” all week, because I thought the answer I needed was not the answer at all. And it confirms for me that God is always present and working in my life.
Always B E L I E V E !