Yes, Wait, or No?

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

Last week I had the opportunity to share a conversation with someone about God.  I was driving him somewhere and found out He is visiting here from another country. I got to spend a few minutes with him chatting and the conversation turned to God and prayer (I love it when that happens). I want to share part of it.

Me: Yes, I’ve been praying about that (what we were talking about)

Him: When we ask God for something he either says “Yes, Wait, or I have something better for you.”

Me: Hmmm, I always say that God says “Yes, Wait or No.”

Him: Isn’t it the same thing? God says No because he has something better in mind for us.

He got out of the car and I sat there taking it in. You see, I’ve always been OK with God’s no because I trust him but this added a complexity that I hadn’t processed. God loves us. He wants what’s best for us. He doesn’t just arbitrarily say ‘No’ in a dictator sort of fashion. He says ‘No’ because he knows there is a better plan, a better path, and a better way. Oh, that we would see the closed doors as they are intended – acts of love, not as acts of denial.

Father God, thank you for sending this man from a far-away place to reveal more of you to me.  Amen

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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