Trusting in the Lord- even when the answer is no.

How often do we come to the Lord in prayer and supplication? A few times a day? A week? A month? I’m sure it depends on whatever we are going through. More often than not, the level of our trials is a contributing factor in how often we supplicate to the Lord.

Supplication- to ask or beg for something  earnestly or humbly- is no small act to the Lord.  When your heart is humbled, with your circumstances dire, supplication before God and Christ at the end of a tiring day can prove to be a beautiful time of instruction.  A quiet moment amidst the chaos of life- one where we submit to our Father, just as our Savior did, saying “not my will, but thine, be done.”

Not every prayer ends with the satisfaction that things are going to turn out the way we had planned or hoped. In some circumstances, we are advised that our will, while it may be good in nature, is not our Father’s will for us.  We have to trust that as He guides us through this life- that He can see the entire forest, not just the trees that you and I have grown accustomed to. He created that forest, this world, and you. Who better than the God of all creation to guide your life? There is no one better.

Even in our darkest days, when a “no” answer was received where a “yes” answer was wanted, we must still trust in our creator.  He knows you, He knows me, He already knows the desires of our hearts before we kneel down and plead with him.

It is safe to say that these past few years have been the most challenging of my entire life. My husband was involved in an accident, has a traumatic brain injury, and now suffers from post-concussive syndrome. It has upended our lives in many ways.

I have spent a lot of time in prayer and supplication to God, asking that my husband be made whole again. That by some miracle, a full reversal could occur, and we could go back to the way things were before the accident.

Then the answer comes.

No.

Impressions follow of the term “long-suffering” and to study the life of Job.  So I continue on, still hopeful that one day his health will improve. I take what I can from the situation, trying to find God’s blessings that are hidden in dire circumstances  like these.  My husband’s traumatic brain injury has brought us closer together. We are now more of a team than we’ve ever been before. We face every day as a couple, not just as individuals.  We are more serious now about life. More serious about finances, goals, relationships, self-improvement, but most importantly, God and Christ.

When you hit rock bottom, with nowhere to turn, He will be there. Even if you’ve shunned Christianity, even if you are an atheist, even if your heart is bitter and resentful, God will still be there for you- and so will his son, Jesus Christ.

Christ walks with us through these forests of our lives- when we are surrounded by darkness, when we are lost, when the path is unclear, when we can’t find our way out.  If we allow Him, He will lovingly and sincerely guide us through the challenges we face, regardless of what we’ve done or haven’t done before we asked for His help.

That’s the beauty of it all- God sent his son to guide us. With His guidance, we will be able to make it through the challenges we face. He shares our burdens. For his yoke is easy, and His burdens are made light. (Matthew 11:29-30)

We only need to return to Him to receive His help. With the smallest amount of faith, He will guide us and help us on our way. Even when the answer to our most pleading prayer is no, He will provide comfort, understanding, and love as He gently leads us on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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