Monday, July 26, 2010

Unanswered Prayers

Every time I say that I hear Garth Brooks’ twangy voice singing “God’s greatest Gift is to often unanswered…God’s greatest gift are unanswered prayers.”

Before I begin…let me make one thing clear…sometimes unanswered prayers suck badly. You know this when you have lost someone to illness. I am aware of that feeling, but hear me out…there are other prayers.

Besides being thankful for a healthy daughter I am also so so thankful for unanswered prayers in my life. Times when I have stood at a V in the road and prayed and prayed to go left, but God said “no my daughter your path is to the right.” So many times I have practically begged God for what I believed was what I needed in my life just to not get it. Then, years later looking back and thinking “I am so glad that didn’t happen.”

And grateful, too for the time I got big britches and took the path to the left anyway just to have God pick me up from the spot where I ended and take me back to beginning. Not giving me a do-over, but a do better adjustment.

From the age of 21 to now (almost 33) I can see so many prayers that I am now so thankful were unanswered. I needed every bump, every heart ache, every disappointment, every battle, every tear, every smile to truly appreciate what I have today. Thank you God!

Me, Jessie and Kim almost 10 years ago, three very young girls who have come such a long way since then. I am grateful that I didn’t know then what I do now…I don’t think the journey would be as rewarding if I did.

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