As I reflect, I can honestly say that God has answered favorably nearly every prayer I’ve ever uttered. But it seemed that it was always too late, at least in my eyes. But now I understand that in order to have true faith, you must have amazing patience.
I ran into an older, wiser lady while grocery shopping last week. She mentioned how she had married some nearly 15 years ago. At the time she fell in love and married a man that later started abusing alcohol. Her family had suggested that she leave him and find someone else who was more worthy. But the lady says that she had vowed to be with this man for better and for worse. So faithfully she prayed every day for God to give her the strength to endure and to deliver her husband from his illness. She continued to serve God in the best way she knew how and while others still couldn’t understand what she saw in this man, she continued to pray for him.
It would be twelve years later that her prayers would seemingly be answered. She said her spouse had apologized for all the hurt and pain he had caused and walked away from the alcohol. She says they now have the best relationship and she feels that all the waiting on God was worth it. It was such a beautiful story, because I knew her personally and I knew what she spoke to be true.
Now, I don’t want anyone who is being physically abused to feel that I’m telling them to put their lives in jeopardy. Because, that’s a totally different situation. But what I do see is everyday many people are divorcing over the most senseless of reasons, without trusting that God can change it.
I do know this…that if I should remarry, I vow to be more patient when I pray to God. As the old saying goes, “God may not come when you want him, but he’s always right on time!” I,for one, am all too familiar with this.