I always say that I wish God spoke to me more. I’m one of those “Ok God if I can chug this glass of orange juice before this commercial is over that means you want me to _____.” Really, Caitlin. What I mean is, I never really stop to listen…I plan and manipulate what I hear. Maybe its a girl thing? Maybe its a virgo thing? Maybe its a teacher thing? Who knows. What I do know is it’s what I do…and that my personal goal and my prayer for myself is that I can start letting go and letting God. What do you need to let go of and give to God?
I have learned that when you plan God laughs. Case in Point. TEN years ago I would have bet money I’d be married with three kids by 25. God said HAHAH. THREE years ago I just figured I’d never get married because I hadn’t met the right one. God said HAHAHA. One year, when I got married, I would have bet money I’d be pregnant as I wrote this post. But yet again God let out his deep belly laugh and HAHAed in my face.
Now don’t get me wrong, they’re not nasty, mean, bullying haha’s. They are more like haha if you only knew the plans I have for you type of laugh. They are like haha your disappointments would make you laugh too if you could actually see how your life will turn out. THEY ARE “HAHA MY PRINCESS IF YOU ONLY COULD GRASP HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, JUST WAIT AND SEE WHAT I HAVE IN STORE”, KIND OF LAUGHS.
See, if God had answered my prayers years ago, I’d have lost or never known the amazingness of what I have now. Wow, how amazing these last ten years of waiting have been. And yea there were some sucky times. But aren’t the sucky times so much less sucky when you are where the Lord wants you to be?
So maybe hearing God isn’t actually hearing his voice in the quiet of your brain (which is a HAHA moment because my brain is never quiet). Maybe it’s not sitting down and having meditating prayer time when all of the sudden everything makes sense.
I’m not the type of person to hear God right away. But I’ve grown to be the person who realizes years later WOW when I didn’t have my crap together, God held that crap together. And when I can’t hear Him and figure things out just by listening, He says NO to my prayers and I am forced to listen. Just like a parent, He says no not to be a tyrant and to take away our fun, but to love us and guide us when we can’t see the way ourselves. Regardless of how you hear Him, He is da bomb diggity and I am oh so grateful.
Keep smiling friends we all have our God holding our crap together!
P.s. Here is a great chart of some of God’s responses to your prayers.
Check back here next Thursday for my post about our assurance when life just really doesn’t go as planned
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