I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
My resolve before my husband, Danny, and I go on vacation to the mountains is to go as "dark" as I possibly can on all things social media. While at the cabin, I de-clutter my email and pay only fleeting visits to Facebook. But I find it difficult to ignore the blogs of those whom I delight in following on a daily basis. I know my friends will understand.
But still . . .
As I gaze upon the vista spread before me, a sumptuous feast for the eyes and the soul, a lone and distant cell tower pulses its piercing white light with regularity.
It reminds me unrelentingly that the possibility, the temptation of instant communication with the outside world is at my fingertips. I only have to connect with it to have assured contact with family and friends.
I admonish myself: This is supposed to be the time intentionally set aside to reconnect with Danny. With God.
Communication with my husband comes easy, a natural give-and-take, a loving, spontaneous flow. Conversations and interactions take place in the here and now. As instantaneous and accessible as the internet, but thankfully, face-to-face.
With God? Now that's another story. I spend lots of time in His Word and in prayer while we are at the cabin, but there are no immediate messages coming over the heavenly wires. Peace? Yes! Answers? Hmm . . .
And there are so many I need. So many I want right now.
Being accustomed to the instant gratification of the internet, I'm in danger of morphing into a petulant, pouting child, stomping her foot indignantly. Where are Your answers, Lord? I know You are there. I know You are listening. Why won't You answer me?
I step back. I breathe. Relax.
And I hear . . . Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Not the answer for which I seek.
But it's the only one that matters.
How do you react when you feel God is not answering your prayers?
Prayer: Father, so often we grow impatient when our prayers are not answered in the time and place we feel they should. Grant us the strength to wait upon Your timing, knowing it is always perfect. Let us see Your goodness in the land of the living. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.