For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
You never know how God is going to answer your prayer. Are you willing to accept his answer?
We moved into a new house about a year ago. I LOVE my new house; I wake up every morning and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to live in such a warm, beautiful home. I have been alive long enough to know that this house may not last forever, so I am enjoying it while I have it. But, like any woman, I walk through my house and dream about what each room COULD look like.
I am a "project" type of person—I make a list of what I want and then I try to figure out the best way to go about getting what I want. Recently, I did that with a room in my house, my kitchen. I spend a ton of time in my kitchen; therefore, I think about the “what if” a lot in my kitchen. I think, I would love new countertops, a farm sink, change the bar so you could put stools under it and people could sit there.
So, like any good wife, I took my “list” to Greg. I told him why I wanted the things I wanted and explained how wonderful it would be not only for myself but also my family! I made a pretty good case for my kitchen, if I do say so myself.
Greg said in a very loving way, “We don’t have the money right now to do any of that.” Well ladies, I have also been married long enough to know...when Greg says that, the project will not be happening.
So, I decided to take my request to God. I told him my list, my reasoning and just said, IF you can work it out, that would be great. In my mind, I was thinking God would bless Greg with an extra trip of flying for extra pay. But, that is not how it happened.
One morning, I woke up at 6:30 to let the dog out and when I walked by my kitchen, there was water ALL over the kitchen floor. For the next several hours, I was immersed in cleaning up the kitchen, hallway, laundry room, and basement. One of the main pipes in the house was blocked, and everything was backing up, which in turn overflowed into my kitchen. It was a mess.
After all the clean-up, it was determined that I needed new floors, island, rugs and several other things because anything that the water had touched was now contaminated due to the sewage water.
Three months later, a hotel stay for 12 days, eating out for three solid weeks, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 5 lbs gained due to the eating out, frustration from delays to the kitchen, school starting, BOAW starting, a daughter going to college, empty house for three weeks, plumbing issues, floor issues, lots of “discussions” with Greg over budget , cleaning dishes in my sink in the bathroom, no washing machine or dryer for three weeks... I got my new kitchen—it just wasn’t the way I had anticipated.
When you pray, be ready for God’s answer, not yours. Remember, His ways are not your ways, but be open and ready for the adventure he will take you on in life.
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