“But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.” – Psalm 4:3-4
Have you ever felt like you pray and pray, yet your prayers are not being answered or your life isn’t changing? As humans, we are so used to face to face interaction that it’s hard for us to wait on the Lord for answers. We want them to come in a yes or no form that is easy to understand.
What if I told you that God doesn’t work by yes and no. He doesn’t sit up on a cloud in heaven watching our big snow globe and go down a lists of prayer requests with yes or no. It takes much more than that. It takes a lot of our time spent with God. Answers may come in so many different ways that they could even be missed.
Let me give you an example in my own life. My first year in the real world had many ups and downs. I got a really good first job and loved all the people I was working with, but I didn’t feel like my job duties were making a difference. My job at times was very stressful and although I enjoyed it at times I had this feeling like I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I prayed about it a lot and spent many mornings and nights with God trying to figure out why I was feeling this way.
I continued to pray for God to fill my heart with His desires, because I knew the feelings I was having could have been my own human desires and not what God wanted for me. The more I prayed and spent time with God, the worse the feelings toward my job got. Here was God’s first answer to my many prayers. I could have easily missed God telling me to move, but since I continued to pray throughout this confusing time, I realized that those feelings in my heart was God telling me it was time to move on.
Miraculously the same time I began searching for a new career path, a copywriting position opened up within my company. I honestly couldn’t believe how amazing God is and how He works. Again, here was an answer to my prayers that I could have easily missed, but I prayed about it and felt God leading me towards this opportunity. I was so happy to be able to stay within my company while taking a different career path.
You see, God is our glory and lifter. He wants to lift up our heads when they are down, our hopes when we have none, our attitudes when they are bad, our moods when they are sad, our hearts when they lack love and our whole life when we go through storms.
God truly is my lifter. He answered my prayers that I had been praying about for many months. This career change may not be my end career goal, but it is another step forward in His path for me.
One thing I would like for you all to walk away with is this, it took a long time, God’s time for my prayers to get answered. It took a lot of time spent with my Father in Heaven and patience to trust God that He would lead me where I need to be when I need to be there!
Just like Psalm 4:3-4 says, He lifted up my head and when I cried to Him, He answered me from His holy hill, all on His timing.