I have a friend “Renee” who has a very real need in her life and the deadline to have this need met is rapidly approaching. She is anxious about when and how God will answer. Many of us are praying with her and trying to help her find leads.
At church another friend “Belinda” mentioned a situation she needs to find a resolution to very soon. As I drove home from church I thought, it may just be possible that the answer to Belinda’s dilemna could also be the answer to Renee’s need. So I floated the idea by Belinda. She is interested and agreed to pray about it before we approach Renee.
I wish I could tell Renee right now that there may be an answer on the horizon. But I can’t; I want to honor Belinda’s request to wait and also don’t want Renee to get excited about something that is so preliminary right now (leads have often not panned out).
All of a sudden it struck me! This is just a small picture of God and me. He rarely tells me what He is up to – even when I beg for an answer because time is growing short. I tend to think God must have forgotten about me and my situation and begin to take things into my own hands. When I finally realize that’s what I am doing and I get myself back to actively waiting for God’s answer it really is a much greater answer than I could have ever dreamed up.
As I pray for both the needs of Renee and Belinda to be met (whether together or separately) I am also grateful that God gave me this opportunity to view things from the other side for a few moments. I am reminded that even when I think He is silent or has forgotten my need He is still at work in ways I may not yet see (and perhaps never will). If I wait upon Him I am usually blown away by the way He responds.