I told her, “I have a very strong testimony of prayer. I know that the Lord has answered every single prayer I have ever prayed. In the answers that I have received, I have noticed a pattern in my answers. The first pattern that I noticed is that the Lord never says, “No.” Second, the Lord answers with the same three answers each time. The first answer is my favorite to receive because it is a resounding “Yes.” It feels so good to ask for something and know that you get what you asked for right away.”
“The second answer is not nearly as fun to receive but a blessing just the same. That answer is “not yet.” I have received this answer a number of times and have finally learned to accept it and be thankful. I remember when I was looking to buy a house. For three years I searched for the right house for us. I put in offer after offer, many of them full asking price, yet they were rejected. Finally, two years ago, we bought this home. It is truly the perfect home for us and I am so thankful that the Lord made me wait for the right one. “
“The last answer is my least favorite to receive but I am learning to appreciate it more each time I receive it because it holds the biggest blessings. That answer is, “I have something better planned for you.” I can tell you many instances that I have received this answer. Looking back now, I can see clearly that the Lord has blessed me with something better. Without fail it has always been better than I ever dreamed of.”
“I have prayed several times for the Lord to send us someone to complete our family. And each time I date someone special, I ask the question, “Is he the one.” So far the answer has been “Not yet. I have something better planned for you.”
This made her smile for a second, and then she got a very serious look on her face and said, “I hope he doesn’t make us wait until I am 16.” I just told her to let me worry about that and she should just worry about being a kid and having fun. Worrying does not get you anywhere.
In fact, when I was coming home from Saudi Arabia, I had the opportunity to stop in Ireland for a short layover and I found an Irish worry stone. The packaging said, “There are only two things in life to worry about, you’re either healthy or you’re sick. If you’re healthy, then there is nothing to worry about. If you’re sick, there are only two things to worry about. You’ll either get better or you won’t. If you get better, then there is nothing to worry about. If you don’t, then you have two things to worry about. You’ll either live or you’ll die. If you live, you have nothing to worry about. If you die, there are only two things to worry about. You’ll either go up or you’ll go down. If you go up, there is nothing to worry about. If you go down, you will be too busy shaking hands with old friends to worry about it.”
Whatever you are worrying about. Stop worrying and start living. Until next time, God Bless!