Sometimes I wonder why I bother worrying about anything.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – I Peter 5:7
Over and over again, God has proven himself good and faithful to me and to my family. It’s just that his timetable is different from mine – understandable for One who has lived throughout eternity. He answers my prayers in his good time, and in his own good way.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Luke 11:10
This week, God answered one of my prayers in a way I never would have considered, and I wondered why I had wasted energy wondering and worrying about the issue.
…your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:32b, 33
My daughter, Shae, was recently hired by a company in our small town, to do part-time work of all sorts. As a bonus, the business owner turned out to be a lovely Christian woman who was willing to work with Shae’s current schedule. That was part one to an answered prayer. But what really got me, what made me shake my head and look up at the heavens with a grin, was when the same business hired my son, Aidan, as well.
And, on the same day, another business also hired him for additional part-time work.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16b
Aidan is a bit older than Shae, and he’d been looking for a job for a while. Throughout the summer, he checked in with just about every business in town, with no luck. He was told that his name would be at the top of the hiring list at our local grocery store, but he was never called. He was asked to do yard work for an elderly gentleman who ended up never needing him.
And then, Shae happened to mention to her new employer that Aidan was looking for a job as well. When Aidan went to pick up Shae from work, he was hired practically on the spot. That same day, a mechanic down the street told Aidan he could use help on some Saturday mornings.
We never considered that Aidan and Shae would work at the same place, allowing them to share a vehicle and save time and the cost of gas. We joked that they do nearly EVERYTHING together – home schooling, church activities, and 4-H – and now they are working together as well! But, despite their very different personalities, they get along well and assured us that they don’t mind.
I share this little family story to encourage you that God cares about all the things that concern us, great or small. He answers prayers – such as my prayer for a local job for my son – in an even better way than we could have imagined – such as my daughter and son working together, at a Christian-owned company.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – I John 5:14,15
When we pray in faith, he will hear us and will answer our prayers for the best.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20, 21
How has God delighted you with an unexpected answer to prayer?