I was born and raised in a tropical country but I have always dreamt, prayed, and wished to own and wear those long boots.
Wearing these in the Philippines would not only be ridiculous but also uncomfortable. Even then, even when the circumstances (and well, reality) were against me, I prayed that I could own or at least wear one. someday. one day. hopefully.
Maybe it was just me. Maybe I’m alone in this. I saw it on TV, in movies, in music videos, advertisements, and the like. Wow, media really has a way of influencing people.
Anyway, I never thought I’d be able to wear them but here I am owning a pair at a bargain. Yay! They were originally sold at NOK 599 (roughly 3600php). I bought them for NOK 99 ONLY!!! That’s 600 PESOS!!! Now that’s what I call a bargain. Insert big smile and wink.
If you’re reading this and there’s something you really want, continue to pray for it. No matter how trivial or how big that is, pray for it.
¨Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.¨ (Matthew 7:7)
When you ask, learn to listen as well. If God says NO, find it in your heart to accept that. I know it’s way easier said than done. But trust me on this, God’s plans are way way better than ours. So, if He’s telling you ¨no¨ then I’m sure He has prepared something much much better for you. It’s ok if you can’t accept the no at first. I’ve shed tears for all those times God said no to my requests. You just got to learn and understand that God’s plans are better than ours.
¨Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.¨ (Proverbs 19:21)
However, God doesn’t only answer with a YES or a NO. Sometimes He answers with a WAIT. And if God is telling you to wait, then have the faith to wait. This is much harder to accept than the no. With a no, you know it’s a no. And when you understand that He has better plans for you, it gets easier. But when God tells the human mind and heart to wait, that boggles them both. In this day and age of instants, we want things to be there right away. We have a timeline. We want it fast or not at all.
Let me give you this picture of waiting.
Scenario A: You go to a fast food store. First thing you do is order your food. The crew tells you to wait for a few moments so you sit down and wait. After a few minutes, your food arrives. But you can’t eat yet. You don’t have a spoon and fork, no gravy or ketchup, no water, no tissue. So you wait a few more minutes while you get the things you need to enjoy the delicious meal you’ve waited for.
Scenario B: You go to a fast food store. First thing you do is order your food. The crew tells you to wait for a few moments so you sit down and wait. While waiting, you get everything else you need to enjoy that delicious meal. You go to the toilet (if you want to). You choose a spot to sit down. You get your spoon and fork, water, sauce, gravy, ketchup, or what else you need. So when the food comes, you’re ready to eat.
See the difference? They both waited for their food. But the person in scenario B waited productively. And that is how you and I should wait. You see, faith without actions is dead.
¨In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.¨ (James 2:17)
Your circumstances could be different from mine or we could be on the same boat. Your situation might be different. Regardless, I am encouraging you that if there’s something you need or want, whether material, personal, relational, financial, whatever that is, PRAY. You talk to God in prayer, pour your heart out to him and ask Him for it. Request for prayer from people you trust. I did. It’s good to know that people are praying with you in the things you are believing for. If or when God says no, believe that His plans are better than ours. If and when He tells you to wait, He must have a reason for letting you do so. You may not understand it now but later you will.
In the end, be convinced that God has a plan and that His timing, design, provision and ultimately His plan is better than anything we could come up with.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)
So, rejoice when God answers your prayers. If he doesn’t, continue to praise and glorify Him, continue to pray and ask. If he tells you to wait, then wait for it. I’m sure it’s gonna be legendary. *wink*
*currency exchange upon writing: 1 NOK = 6.04 PHP