Last week my husband and I were feeling rather homesick. We were missing our friends and disappointed that we weren’t able to be a part of some major events that were taking place in their lives. We made some calls, laughed at some humorous text messages, gushed over some adorable pictures, and enjoyed FaceTime, but we pined for more.
We are becoming more acclimated to our new surroundings with each passing day, but we realized there’s a major component we’ve been missing: having married couples our age to fellowship with.
We’ve been missing the encouragement, support, and experiences we can relate to. We’ve been missing the game nights, dinner dates and exchanging stories of our children. We’ve also missed the wise counsel and correction that comes when you have a collective of supportive contemporaries who hold you accountable.
It made us a bit sad, and honestly our first reaction was to acknowledge this was just where we were at this point and simply deal with it. Then we were reminded of a testimony we heard a while ago, concerning praying for friends. This individual prayed that God would bless her with like-minded individuals she could connect with, and years later they have seen each other through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, and their bond is stronger than ever.
Why am I sharing all this?
Because instead of deciding that we would just deal, we prayed about it.
We prayed, and within a week we were sitting in a coffeehouse exchanging contact information with a fun, friendly, down-to-earth, and like-minded couple we met that night.
We all knew it was a God thing, but for us it was so much more. It was an answer to prayer. It was an answer to a prayer we almost didn’t pray, because we nearly convinced ourselves this wasn’t a big enough request to bring to God.
Boy, we can be foolish sometimes, but the truth is we’ve all been there before. Thinking our little ‘ol desire won’t or shouldn’t be a blip on the radar, but that’s where we’re wrong!
Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. (Psalms 37:4-5 NKJV)
The Lord created us, and cares deeply about every part of us. He cares about the large and small aspects of our lives, and wants us to trust Him enough to go to Him with everything!
Do you truly believe this or do you ration your prayers, holding it in until something major occurs?
God is not like us when it comes to lending an ear. He won’t send you straight to voicemail or text you instead of calling you back. He won’t roll His eyes or blow you off. I can’t tell you the answer will come right away because it is in His perfect timing, but this I know for sure:
He wants to hear from you. He longs to commune with you, and when we do come boldly to the throne of grace, He wants us to trust and believe in His faithfulness!!
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (I John 5:14-15 NKJV)