It has been an incredibly dry, hot summer. My tanks are down, the grass is burning up, and unless something incredible happens, I won’t bale as much hay as I would like for the coming winter.
As the old joke goes, “It’s so dry, the Methodists are using wet wipes, the Presbyterians are giving out rain checks, and the Episcopalians are praying for the wine to turn back into water.”
Then last night, something incredible happened.
The weather reports said there was a good chance of rain coming our way. So, Shannon and I sat on the back porch and waited.
Off in the distance, we heard the boom of thunder as lightning raced across the sky, but nothing close.
After a few hours, we went inside knowing the rains we had prayed for were not coming our way. Then it happened. I don’t mean there was a light mist or sprinkle. Suddenly, when we had given up, God sent a gulley washer. It was beautiful to see. This got me thinking.
While I have a timetable on when I want God to answer my prayers, God’s timetable is very different than mine. This means I must trust God knows best.
Scripture says, “Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God? Therefore we hope in You, for You are the one who has done all these things.” (Jeremiah 14:22)
While rain may not be on your prayer list, whatever it is, know God will answer in God’s time. God’s time is always best.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in those moments when I don’t see my prayers immediately answered, remind me to trust in your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Don’t offer God advice on how to do his job and don’t get frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer your prayers the moment you want.
God’s got it under control. That’s all we really need to know.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.