Just the TIP Tuesday - Unanswered Prayers
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024. Unanswered Prayers
Happy Tuesday friends! Today’s TIP is “Unanswered Prayers”
Let me start by saying…God will put a purpose on your life. A calling. It may be loud and clear or quiet and hard to understand. Regardless of clarity there is one thing that is almost always guaranteed…the road or path to that calling will be a bumpy, zig-zaggin journey. It won’t be a straight shot and there will be road bumps and blocks along the way you have to maneuver, but it is in those moments that we learn to LOVE others. We learn to have compassion for others. We learn gratitude and grace. We learn so many life lessons during these temporary storms, aka. "dark days."
If it were easy, we would miss the point of the calling. Most of us, myself included, only pray when things HIT THE FAN! We are getting pulled over and immediately start praying, “please God don’t let me get a ticket, I promise I will go to church next Sunday!” Sometimes, even people who wouldn’t call themselves "Christians" suddenly find themselves praying! On top of that, when we get sick, or our loved ones are sick, we start praying. Often, we pray selfishly, because we don’t want to lose someone we love.
So, I was driving along today when Garth Brook’s song, "Unanswered Prayers" started playing on the radio. I've heard the song over 100 times, but today it felt like the words smacked me upside the head.
“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers...
Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs...
just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care...
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."
The last line, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers” sunk right into my heart and soul. It was like my entire life just made sense. All of those times I thought I knew what I wanted and needed, but it never seemed to work out. The jobs I didn’t get, the failed relationships, living paycheck to paycheck, barely getting by and thinking I would have to give up my dreams, move back home and start over.
Each time I thought it was a setBACK, it was really a setUP for the next chapter of my life. New opportunities to grow. New learning experiences. Possibilities I could have never dreamed of myself.
I started thinking, “man if God would have answered my prayers, I sure wouldn’t be where I am today.” I wouldn’t know the people I know, or have the experiences I have. The memories. The moments. It would all be very different and sitting here in this present moment, I wouldn’t change a thing. I wouldn’t change the struggles because they made me who I am today. I am proud of who I am.
My sweet grandmother shared this quote with me many moons ago and I've always kept it near and dear to my heart, “God doesn't give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need. To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you the person you were meant to be.” I truly believe this with all my heart and it has helped me when “the struggle was real.”
You must have faith it will all work out in the end and the Man upstairs has a much grander plan that we could ever imagine, even in a fairy tale!
Much love and gratitude,