Prayer, Time And Answers

My naive entrance and learning about Mental Health…. When I was first off work I had the notion that if I took a few mental health days and some little white pills I would be back to work in just a few days… I mean this came quickly, so it seemed… I prayed, I asked others to pray and I was convinced I would be fine… Clearly, that wasn’t the case… Had God forgotten about me? 

I had ignored signs and nudges for years… Finally it came down on me over a few weeks and then I was forced to deal with ALL of it…. On God’s timeline…

God percieves time different than we do…

Psalm 90:4. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

2 Peter 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Jeremiah was a prophet back in the old testament time. Israel, once again, had turned their backs on God. So God speaks  to Jeremiah about coming events including Jerusalem being completely destroyed… 

All of the military leaders come to Jer and ask him to pray to God for them. They all promised to do follow what God tells them…

At this point I’m thinking there is some kablooy is going on… They ask for someone to pray for them, these people who are God’s children… Why didn’t they pray themselves?!?!?

What they really want is to get God to approve what their decision was…

Jeremiah 43:4 All right,” Jeremiah replied. “I will pray to the Lord your God, as you have asked, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you.” 

Jeremiah 42:7 Ten days later the Lord gave his reply to Jeremiah.

(Praying isn’t a drive through service)

Jeremiah 42:9-10 You sent me to the Lord, the God of Israel, with your request, and this is his reply: ‘Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry about all the consequences (punishment) I have had to watch them fall (bring) upon you. Do not fear the (king of Babylon) hell and satan anymore,’ says the Lord. ‘For I am with you and (will) have saved (save) you and rescued (rescue) you from his power. I will be merciful to you by making him flee (kind).

Jer 43:10  So Johanan and the other military leaders and all the people refused to obey the Lord’s command to…

To Jer waiting 10 days seems to be normal as there is no complaining by the requesting party… Me, I want the answer if not yesterday then certainly today! 

Growing up learning all the Bible stories I just assumed they were completed in a day or so… I knew that Noah took 100 years, he did have a really big boat to build… And Moses… And the whole 40 year march, but they only took a day to cross if that?

Jesus only took 3 days to come back to life and that was the hardest task… 

There is a reason that the Bible says “Be still and know that I am God… He wants to what’s actually best… Sometimes His answers are quick…(ok God, please where do I put my keys?) A lot of the time they are not… I believe that God answers yes, no (basically are you kidding me?!!!?) But often wait… I have something better in mind…

I’m almost at the 4 year mark… I’m not back at work and God hasn’t put work in my future (which is sad as I really loved my job)… But I’m just trying to leave live each day as it comes… with integrity and perseverance… Some days are really good… Some days not so… the not so makes me remember the difficulties of day to day of living with mental health and as a Christian… (Being a Christian doesn’t mean 100% Teflon coating protection from life’s hardships)

Oh and did you really see what God was selling for obedience? For them to stay and… Well go back and look… I highlighted some words… Also know that the offer of God is still there for us… Stay in touch with God and all the highlights apply to us today…

Personally, I can’t see why they didn’t just stay? I wonder how often I’m like that? Rushing to get God’s rubber stamp for my “perfect” decision…

I need to work on getting rid of my timeline expectations… It’s going to be slow in coming (pun fully intended)

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