“Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.” C.S.Lewis
I was recently talking with a friend who had a plan they had made for themselves and they had done all in their power to make it happen. But despite their best efforts things didn’t go the way this friend had planned. It was heartbreaking and disappointing for them and understandably so. But as we sat talking all I could hear was a voice in my head reminding me that when we have done all we can do it is then that we need to be willing to turn the rest over to God and trust that if things didn’t go as we had hoped it is because God has something far better in store for us.
I also thought about the Garth Brooks song “Unanswered Prayers”. I love the words to the chorus that go:
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
It is so true. We pray for what we see as the best possible option in the moment, but the reality is that our vision is limited to what we know today and so often there is so much more that we couldn’t possibly know yet still out there…we simply don’t have all the information to be able to see that there is a much bigger and better option for us and we just don’t see it yet. And when that is the case, God withholds giving us what we asked for so that He will be able to give us that bigger and better option he wants us to have.
“God’s plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day.” -Louie Giglio
We are so blessed to have such an amazing Heavenly Father who loves us enough to give us what we need and what He knows will bring us the greatest joy and happiness. If it weren’t for Him we would all end up settling for what we thought our lives could be, and our lives would end up being nothing compared to the masterpiece God knew they could be. That’s why we have to trust Him. We have to do all we can in our power to get the things we want and then trust the outcome completely…after all we can do we must let go and trust God…have faith!
~Amy Rees Anderson