Sometimes the answer to our prayer is a “no” or a “not yet.” I remember praying really hard to get into a very competitive undergraduate program and being accepted on the condition of withdrawing my financial aid application. I didn’t do this and I didn’t get into the program. Years after I’m so grateful I didn’t make it because I’ve since learned things about myself (that God already knew at that time) that have shown me I wouldn’t have been cut out for the program.
Just like a child may make a request of a parent (for candy, for example) and get rejected for their own future good (health, for example), God whose plans for us are more amazing than any we can imagine for ourselves is in control. He hears our prayers and our heart’s deepest desires and He treats us right, knowing what’s best for us ultimately. I was reading someone on Instagram yesterday who had a post that said: “Dear God, if today I lose my hope, please remind me that your plans are better than my dreams.” The important thing is for us to keep the faith no matter whether the answer from God is “yes,” “no,” or “not yet.”
Let us never give up our confidence in God and in the Greatness of His plans for us, Greatness that is beyond our paltry human imaginings. We need to stay patient and endure what seems to be hardships or disappointments knowing that no matter what, God hasn’t abandonned us and has a special plan in store for us. Keeping the faith and trusting in God sets us up to stay living in God’s plan and in His Divine Will so that we are on track for the Glorious Fulfilment of what He’s promised us, His children, in His Word.