Not Now, Just Not Right Now
This blog article is shared by Becky Traywick…
The other day, while walking through the store, my children were asking for some gum. I had no problem with them getting it, but we needed to get a few other things before checking out where they could choose their preferred gum. The whole way through the store the kids would ask every few seconds if they could get their gum now. Almost like when on a car trip and everyone keeps asking “Are we there yet?” I continued our trip through the store and told the kids over and over “Not now, just not right now”. They would pout and cross their arms in frustration but they continued through the store with me until finally reaching the check out and receiving their prize.
As I was later reflecting on the frustration that I as a mother was having with the kids and their frustration with not getting what they wanted at the exact time of their asking I began to wonder if this was how God and my conversations went. When I pray and ask for things is God telling me “No”? Or just “Not right now.”? Throughout the book of Psalms David has his good days and bad days just like us. He cries out to God in prayer for relief and answers to the struggles of life as well as his responsibilities as king. Psalms chapter 4 is a prime example of David praying to God for an answer to his calls. The reader can even tell the passion David has for answers and for peace in a life that I am sure was full of stress and turmoil. I love how in just a few short verses after pleading for answers David writes with all the faith he has “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” (Psalm 4:3)
God hears his children when they call. His answer might not be what we want to hear at the time. His answer might be “No” or it might even be “Not right now” but the Lord loves his children and has a broader and more perfect view than we could ever have. Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in thanksgiving.”