So people have been telling me how it’s going. And one of the things they’ve found is that God answers prayers—but not always in ways they expect… and not always in ways they understand.
To make the point let me relay a story told by John Ortberg.
It’s about a woman who locked her keys in her car in a bad neighbourhood. So she prayed, “God, send me somebody to help me.”
A few minutes later a rough-looking guy approached. She decided to tell him about the situation and asked if he could break into her car to get the keys out. He said he could. And in a few seconds it was open.
“You’re a very nice man,” she said. “I’m not a nice man,” he replied. “I just got out of prison today. I served two years for auto theft.”
She hugged him again, smiled big, looked up to the heavens and shouted, “Thank you, God, for sending me a professional!”
Maybe you’re praying for healing. But what if God was healing your life… just in a way you didn’t expect?
Maybe you’re praying for wisdom. But what if God was making you wise… just in a way you didn’t expect?
Maybe you’re praying for someone you love. But what if God was working in their life… just in a way you didn’t expect?
For some reason, God works in and through people and situations we don’t expect. Maybe it’s his way of making sure we keep our eyes open and hearts humble.
There are hard things. Life can be dark. But remember that our vision is always limited. There is more than what meets the eye. And God is bigger than you and me.
As we read in Job 37:5: “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”
So keep your eyes open and heart humble. And keep praying boldly.
When you start to understand that God’s goodness extends beyond your understanding, you are taking the next courageous step along the road we call Trust.
By Matthew Ruttan
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