I’m sorta kinda glad that God doesn’t work like a gum ball machine. Prayer in, answer out. Automatic and immediate. Feeding the Silicon Valley habit of getting things instantaneously. Google this. Twitter that. Instagram it! Now you see it, now you don’t on Snapchat.
I assume that God is more tech savvy than we are. Yet counterculture in the most innovative manner. God absolutely answers our prayers but not before we have wiggled and squirmed and hit road blocks and narrow openings of escape and experienced anxiety and fear and dread and hope and love and amazement.
Life giving clues come out of nowhere in places we are not looking. Yet the door we stare at remains closed.
There is the yin and yang of angst and yearnings and decisions wrought with uncertainty. There are lessons to learn and wisdom to gain. There are weeks and months of industrious and productive activity followed by feelings of abandonment. There are moments of sweet victory as well as dead ends- each teaching patience and courage and fortitude. Creating something anew in us. A transformed man. A renewed woman.
And then the answer comes…
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Thank you, God, for answered prayer.