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Unanswered Prayers

Today I had to take Byron to OSU again to see his orthodontist.   As we rounded the corner for “our” parking garage, the parking attendant once again pulled out those infamous, nasty, orange cones that signal the garage is full and therefore closed.   It was a dreary, gray day with a cold wind blowing – not a great day for taking a long walk.    Byron was so optimistic and said, “Mom, drive around the block like we did before, and maybe it will be opened by then”.     We drove around the block, and even said a prayer that it would open.   Nope – still full.    So we drove around a few more times, with no avail.  Finally after asking a security guard where the next closest garage was, we drove 3 blocks down the street and on the top level, finally found a parking spot!   It was about as far from our building as I’d want to park.  😦

On our “long walk”, Byron and I had an opportunity to talk about when we ask God for things in prayer, sometimes He says “Yes”, sometimes He says “No”, and sometimes maybe “wait a while”.    There are times when God may reveal to us the reasoning behind His answers, and other times like today, we don’t know why He said no.  There was no stranded ‘neighbor’ for us to help, or other situation where we could be a witness for Him.

I’m not a big country fan, but this Garth Brooks song came to my mind today as Byron and I were talking about prayer….

 “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”.

Today was just a small and insignificant example of an unanswered prayer, but there have been times when bigger prayers have not been answered how I prayed.  I don’t know why, and may never know, but this I’m confident of, God has a plan and purpose for my life.   He sees the big picture.   What He requires of me is trust and obedience…… aha, I knew there was a hymn in this somewhere!   🙂

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I was listening to the radio the other day, and they were talking about this beautiful, old hymn and the history behind it.   I had never heard this story, and was so intrigued by it.  With this being Valentines week, I wanted to share it with you.

“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” written on the evening of George Matheson’s sister’s marriage. His whole family had went to the wedding and had left him alone. And he writes of something which had happened to him that caused immense mental anguish. There is a story of how years before, he had been engaged until his fiancé learned that he was going blind, and there was nothing the doctors could do, and she told him that she could not go through life with a blind man. He went blind while studying for the ministry, and his sister had been the one who had taken care of him all these years, reading his text books to him, but now she is gone. He had been a brilliant student, some say that if he hadn’t went blind he could have been the leader of the church of Scotland in his day.  He turned to the pastoral ministry, and the Lord has richly blessed him, finally bringing him to a church where he regularly preached to over 1500 people each week. But he was only able to do this because of the care of his sister and now she was married and gone. Who will care for him, a blind man? Not only that, but his sister’s marriage brought fresh reminder of his own heartbreak, over his fiancé’s refusal to “go through life with a blind man.” It is the midst of this circumstance and intense sadness that the Lord gives him this hymn – written he says in 5 minutes!   

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

1. O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

All of us suffer from heartbreak and disappointment.  What makes the difference is our response – whether we let it stop us or inspire us to greater heights!  “I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain”.  I am so thankful for God’s love that will not let me go!

Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Happy Valentines Day, Scott!

18 years ago on Valentines Day, Scott and I had our first date.    I am so blessed to have Scott in my life!    How do I love him?   Let me count the ways…..

– When I accidently burnt the bacon this morning, he said, “It’s perfect!   This is just how I like it”.   (awwww)
– On Sunday mornings, he cleans up the kitchen after breakfast, just so I can have a few extra minutes to primp and get ready for church.
– He does all the vacuuming, so that I don’t have to push the heavy sweeper.
– If I haven’t gotten to fold that last basket of clean laundry, he’ll just start folding it (he’s usually watching a ballgame at the same time).  🙂
– He took me to Chipotle and Macy’s on our date night last night, even though I know they are not his favorite places.
– He still opens the car door for me – what a gentleman!!

 These are just a few of the many ways that Scott shows his love to me.   When I think of my husband, I think of I Corinthians 13:4-7   “4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Scott, thank you for all the many ways you say you love me……… without saying a word!   Happy Valentines Day!

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