While I was jogging I saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky – everyone was also posting a picture of this rainbow in Facebook.
I usually remember the story of Noah when I see a rainbow but it also reminds me of how great our God is. What is it about God and rainbows. As I looked in the rainbow, the beauty of it just really captured me. There is a sense of peace and serenity just looking at it. Truly we have a great God who puts the stars in its place and creates rainbows for his people to appreciate.
It is he who made the earth by his power,
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens (Jeremiah 10:12)
I leave you with this question, have you taken the time to just thank God for the beauty of his creation?
I uttered a simple prayer and He answered it. I was scheduled for a business trip to New Jersey before and while I was waiting to board the plane I said a simple prayer. I asked God if He can allow me to experience being in the first class section. I really don’t know what came in my mind but I just wanted to ask it. If He answers, then that would be exciting but if he doesn’t what would I lose anyway?
My trip to New Jersey had 2 connecting flights. From Manila we need to take a plane to Nagoya and from Nagoya we would take a connecting flight going to Detroit and then from Detroit another connecting flight to Newark, New Jersey. I wasn’t really expecting anything but my flight from Detroit to Newark was upgraded to a preferred seat. It was not first class but for me it already seemed like an answered prayer.
Three weeks went by and we were on our way back to Manila. Again, we needed to take the same route – from Newark we need to take a plane to Detroit, from Detroit a connecting flight to Nagoya and then from Nagoya another flight to Manila. It was pretty tiring. I remember I was seated beside someone who brought along her dog. The dog was barking most of the time and I had a hard time sleeping during the 14-hour flight from Detroit to Nagoya. When we arrived at Nagoya, my name was called. Being upgraded to first class was the last thing in my mind since I thought it was already answered before. I was handed my connecting ticket and there it was in front of me – my first ever first class ticket.
I was stunned! Then, I remember the simple prayer I uttered. He answered it! He heard my prayer and He answered it to how I wanted it to be! The whole trip from Nagoya to Manila – I was smiling. Despite being tired, I had a big smile in my heart. I was so amazed at how God took notice of my simple prayer. I still wasn’t able to sleep during that flight because I wanted to savor every moment of it but during that time it was such a precious moment for me also since I was just praising and adoring God.
At times, we forget that every prayer that we uttered is being heard from above. Maybe we might think that God is so busy to listen to our simple prayers. He is not. He is always listening and wants to hear what we have to say. My simple prayer is evidence that He hears all prayers and he doesn’t filter out what is only of dire importance. My prayer was not that important. It was not a prayer regarding a life or death situation or even a prayer involving a major decision in my life. It was just a simple prayer that for me can even be ignored – I can live without it being answered. But I still took the step of asking it.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NASB)
The reason that you do not have is because you don’t ask. Ask God. Pray for it. He hears it. You will be blown away when God answers prayers. He will answer you according to his love for you. You just need to take that step of faith – understand He hears all our prayers and will answer according to what is best for us.
I saw today what was really hidden within my heart. It was just buried within the busyness of my ministry and work. It has always been there – the longing to be in a relationship was always there.
Now that’s not bad. In fact, it’s normal to want to have a close relationship with someone or to want to be loved by someone. But what was not right for me, was to see myself blaming God when I didn’t get what I want because of that desire.
I might have wanted it my way. I might have wanted it now. I might have wanted her alone. I might have just wanted it badly. And when I don’t get what I want – I point the finger at God. I asked, “Why won’t you just give me what I want?” “Why can’t you just bless this area of my life?” “Why are you not answering this desire in my heart?”
I thought he wasn’t answering most of the things I wanted – but He reminded me that mostly, He actually did. It just may have not been during the time I wanted it or how I wanted it. I’m writing this entry to list down all the desires I (remember) had that He answered and maybe someday, I might need to take a look at this again to remind myself about the goodness of the Lord.
I remember really desiring to be a dean’s lister in my last semester in College and to my surprise He gave it. I don’t even know how I got it.
I remember a relationship I really wanted to be restored and have again. The break-up of that relationship paved the way for me to be back to God and when I was stable with my walk with God – I asked Him to allow me to correct my mistakes and restore the relationship. And He did, He allowed me to experience a good relationship with the same girl for a couple of years, even though it still resulted in a final break-up.
I remember really desiring, praying and aiming to be a manager by the age of 25. My career flew by so fast and I had yearly promotions. After working for more than just two years He already allowed me to manage a team.
With just a few things I looked back upon, I saw once again that the desires of my heart are important to Him. I was so focused on the here and now that I forgot the past things He has done for me. I really feel ashamed. But I know I can’t dwell on this too much. Grace will still always take me through. It’s the only thing that can give me hope – that despite me forgetting the work He has done in my life – He will always love me and be faithful to me. What a great God we serve!
We just need to take the time to look back. Do you remember a time where God answered your desire or prayer?