God answers prayer.
This is a statement all Christians make at one time or another. Most of the time we honestly believe it. Sometimes, maybe we doubt it.
But, God answers prayer. We can't always trust those feelings we have, you know.
Here's a story for you. A love story, and a story to remind you that yes, God always answers prayer.
My grandmother has always been one of my favorite people. She is positive beyond belief, joy-filled always, and goofy and fun mostly!
When I was 12, my family received terrible news. My grandfather, her husband, was diagnosed with cancer. It was very aggressive. Grandpa was one of those people that only see the doctor if they are like, dying, and well, he was. He was diagnosed with cancer in October, and on December 23, 1995, he passed away. We will get to see him again one day. I wonder if he is as ornery in Heaven as he was here on earth.
Anyway, my grandpa's passing left my grandma a widow at the age of 55. When you're 12, you think that is old. But now, at age 33, I understand that's not that old. Isn't that weird?
We were all devastated by the loss of my grandpa and deeply saddened that Grandma was alone. She's such a wonderful lady! After a time, my family began praying, asking God to send someone new for Grandma. This is a prayer I began as a preteen.
Over the years, there were some interested parties, but no one to fit the bill. To tell the truth, Grandma and the family all just accepted that she would be alone for the rest of her days. She had her pet family, and her people family, and Grandma was at peace. Her singleness did not keep her down. She woke every morning expressing, "This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!"
It was just recently that things began to change. In what I will call "a flurry of events," my grandma started seeing someone. No one really told me about it, since I'm up here in Minnesota. But, things got serious and the two began talking marriage. That's right, my 76 year old grandma is getting married this weekend!
That exclamation is pretty amazing on its own, but let me tell you, "The rest of the story."
This man, is not just a random man my grandma randomly met. He is a man that was recently widowed. It just so happens that he and his late wife knew my grandma for about 40 years because they brought their families to the same church. I even know him from church! The two of them were there for my grandma when my grandpa passed away.
I watched as this man cared for his sickly wife so sweetly and diligently. She had lung cancer, and a lung transplant, and finally passed away about a year and a half ago.
In her last days, she told her husband, my grandma's now fiance, that it would be okay with her if he courted my grandmother. What a women! To look your husband in the face and tell him he can move on, even as you're dying...what a love! So, after his grieving period, he did just that.
Needless to say, my grandma was hesitant about the idea of marriage. After all, when you have been single for 22 years, you kind of get used to it. I mean, she thought she was good! But after some prayer, the two decided to join the rest of their lives together! It is just the sweetest thing ever!
I know what you're wondering, and my grandma and my family have all wondered it too. Why did God not bring her someone sooner? There were a lot of years that she was lonely and wanted someone to be with. Why didn't God come through then?
Here's the thing about God: He says, "'My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine'" Isaiah 55:8.
God's ways and timing are not our ways and timing. Our plans are not God's plans, nor does He answer prayer in the way or time we want Him to.
"You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail" Proverbs 19:21.
The Lord had something else in mind for my grandma for those 22 years. And if you ask me, her other grandchildren, and her kids, it was a pretty good one.
Because it was just Grandma, we got her all to ourselves. She was able to travel on vacations with us and come visit us whenever she wanted. I got to have many sleepovers with her, something that probably would not have happened if my grandpa had been alive or if she had remarried right away.
The closeness that I share with my grandma would not have been. And my relationship with her is one of the most special in my life. She is my role model both spiritually and personally. She is a woman of great strength and faith, and she is a light in our family!
I wanted to share this story for those who have prayed for a long time about something. Maybe you are waiting for a spouse, a child, or for a lost loved one to come to God. God answers prayer.
Our prayers don't end just because we've made peace with our situation or accepted the way things are. God is eternal. He exists outside of our time; therefore, our prayers are eternal. They don't go away just because we lose our patience and give up. God hears them and remembers them. God answers prayer.
I am so looking forward to this special wedding weekend, and the celebration that will take place when two special people are joined together by the God who made a way for them to be together.
God answers prayer. Even 22 year long prayers. Don't give up friend, He hears.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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