Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
DEVOTION – SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Waiting. It’s probably one of the greatest challenges we will ever face. Waiting for news about a cancer diagnosis. Waiting for a loved one who is deployed to return home. Waiting for one chapter in our lives to end and a new one to begin.
I’m intimately familiar with waiting for a prayer to be answered, and I know just how hard it can be to let go of control of your life to make way for God’s will and timing. My husband and I always knew we wanted to become parents. We’d discussed our future family since we started dating, and we have always been excited for the opportunity to raise a child together.
When we started down the path of trying to grow our family over three years ago, we prayed for God’s will to be done in our lives, and we waited. And waited. And waited. We sought the guidance of countless physicians and prayed through our tears for God to make clear the path we were supposed to take. Our friends prayed for us, our family encouraged us, and still, we were no closer to growing our family.
We have prayed–and continue to pray–for a child, but that specific prayer hasn’t been answered. That doesn’t mean God hasn’t heard our prayers. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t walked with us through these dark days. It doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced his love for us in boundless ways, nor does it mean we aren’t thankful for this time in our lives. I’ll admit, “rejoicing always” has been more arduous some days than others, but we are still grateful for every step of our journey because we know God has us exactly where he wants us right now.
The truth is, we may pray for days, weeks, or even years for answers to our prayers that may never come. Even though that’s a tough truth to understand, God is listening to us, and he cares deeply about every aspect of our lives. He loves to hear our prayers, fill us with peace that can come only from him, and walk with us through our most difficult experiences. His plan for our lives is far greater than anything we can fathom, and all he asks is that we love him and trust him.
If you are prayerfully waiting today, I hope you know you are not alone. God is with you and his desire is to love you and be with you in every circumstance, whether you face despair or triumph. I truly pray that 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 takes root in your spirit, and you can share your deepest desires with God, praise him for everything he is doing for your good, and rejoice even in the trials you face.
Thank you for the challenges we experience. Thank you for our unique paths which help us learn, grow, become strong, and allow us to rely on your strength. Thank you for being with us always, for loving us and walking with us through everything we encounter on this earth, and for giving us the opportunity to trust your timing for our lives. May we rejoice in the trials and triumphs, through our darkest nights and brightest days, and may we grow closer to you through prayer every day of our lives.
In your heavenly name,
Communications Staff Writer
Looking for weekly encouragement? Sign up to receive each devotion via email or opt into notifications for the group “Devotions” in the Crossings App! You can also check out previous devotions at crossings.church/devotions.