Are you surprised when God answers prayer quickly?
The other night as I sat through a bitter cold lacrosse game bundled up–my toes frozen despite my preparation, my heart sank farther down to the pit of my stomach with each minute as I watched my son stand on the sidelines with no coat or cold weather clothes under his uniform. He dressed out to play. He always plays. Sometimes he even starts. But not on this night.
It was a great game. We won. But our hearts struggled. Why didn’t the coach put him in?
He hadn’t played much the week before either, but we assumed that was punishment for missing a practice and game due to illness.
I urged my son to talk to the coach. It never hurts to ask.
And I prayed.
I asked several friends to pray.
I didn’t pray that he would get to play. I prayed for his heart. I prayed that he would seek God in this, and that God would grow him in this struggle. I know hard things can be good. But I couldn’t imagine what God would do with my son’s heart, something much better than getting to play.
God is funny, you know. Irony is one of his favorite tools in His heavenly toolbox. And the lacrosse story becomes even more interesting when I explain that the boy taking my son’s place on the field is a boy I’ve watch stand on the sidelines for two years. I’ve sat by his mom and dad who watched each game for the last two years discouraged that their son didn’t get to play.
I’ve prayed for Jake to get to play!
And now he is. But he’s playing my son’s position.
When Drew came home from practice the next day I couldn’t wait to hear if he’d spoken to the coach. The look on his face told me something good had happened. His words were balm to a worried momma’s heart.
“Mom, when I got into the locker room I felt myself being angry at Jake and wanting to treat him bad, but then I thought, ‘Why am I doing this? Jake’s a good guy. He’s my friend. Maybe he’s better than me. Maybe that’s why he’s getting to play. It’s okay. Maybe he should take my place.”
Something I’ve always prayed for my kids. Humble confidence. And there it was.
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Sometimes you even forget what you’ve prayed for years earlier.
But God never does. He hears every prayer and He answers them with perfect timing.
Has God answered a prayer for you lately? Was His answer better than what you’d prayed?
“Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?” (Romans 11:33,34).