If you’ve been around, for any length of time, you realize God does not always answer prayer as we might imagine. As a matter of fact, more oft than not, his ways are certainly not our own.
Seems a pity, really. After all, we’ve brilliant plans; he need only stamp his approval and we’d be on our way. You would think he’d welcome the help. But, alas, he’s intent on addressing each issue himself.
Take my friends, Scott and Kristi. From the moment they were married, they planned to start a family. But as months turned to years, they realized they could not have a baby on their own. They prayed; countless others prayed. Still, options fell through. After two decades, they contented themselves with loving other people’s children.
This year, on father’s day, Scott preached on Josiah . . . Josiah who was a great king, despite the failings of his father and his father’s father.
Josiah, he said, Josiah is a good name . . .
Josiah | God will help
You know what else is a good name? He threw his first name up on the screen and it’s meaning, his last name and it’s meaning.
We chortled; funny guy.
Then he went on to say how he received a call the previous week. A woman was in desperate need and he felt he and Kristi were meant to help; Kristi agreed. So in October, after twenty years, Kristi and I will finally have the child we have always wanted . . . and his name will be Josiah . . .
We dissolved into a puddle on the floor; I’m not sure we’ve yet to recover.
You see, when you’re in the middle of what seems to be unanswered prayer, it can be difficult. Akin to working through governmental red tape, you take one step forward, two steps back … you become frustrated … you yell, you scream, you cry big, crocodile tears … and you become certain, certain God has turned a deaf ear to your cries.
But he hasn’t; he’s simply working behind the scenes. Josiah has given us the rare glimpse into those workings : an ugly church split … caused us to sell our property … and purchase a little neighborhood chapel … where a lady and her two daughters started attending … when her friend needed help, she called on Scott … Scott answered … in a class he was attending, something similar had happened to another family … they gave Scott the name of their attorney and social worker … a yard sale netted over $1,000 … a magic show, the same amount …
On and on, it goes until last Wednesday–when my friends finally got to hold their baby boy in their arms. At a baby shower on Saturday, we got to meet him, too …
As Josiah will attest, yes, God will help. It may not be when you imagined, or how. But when he does, 20 years disappear in a single moment . . .happy tears make up for sad . . . and the miracle of one family, somehow belongs to us all.