Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

God, Are You Listening?

"Please God, let her say yes." I quietly prayed as I picked up the phone and punched in the numbers. After having a crush for probably 8 years, I was finally calling to ask out the most amazing, intelligent, and beautiful girl I knew.

As the phone rang, the times the two of had shared ran through my head; times where we had played in the church, working community events, you name it. We always somehow found each other (or at least I found her)... and then I knew that it had to be God's will. He had to mean for us to be together. (1 Corinthians 3:19)

Built with confidence I asked the tough question, "Will you go out with me?" Ready to thank her before she even replied, I was left half speechless when she simply said, "No." And after hanging up the phone, I did what every 16 year old teenager would after being turned down; I went outside to play catch in a thunderstorm- hoping to be struck by lighting just so I could ask God, "Why? Didn't you listen to anything I've said these last 8 years?"

It is times like that, I wish we could see into the future. Times where we have no understanding of what God is doing, and wonder if He even knows. And we are met with the same answer every time, "Have faith, be patient, it will all work out." Something that isn't easily done. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

However, many years later, I do understand. Looking back, that relationship would have never worked. Looking at us today, our life goals, our ideas, even our personalities are completely different. And instead, God put someone else in my life, a woman who is more amazing, and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. A woman who makes me a better man, a better Christian. All along, despite my 8 year crush, and my own desires, God had the perfect woman just waiting for me. Waiting for me, to wait on Him.

Today, what are you asking God for, and not getting? It's frustrating to not know what God has in plan, but will you have faith, and put trust in Him, that He does have something even better than you can imagine, just waiting for you... Are you willing to have faith, and wait on His plan and His timing? (1 Corinthians 1:25)