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God is Rarely Early, but Always on Time

This is for the girl that questions whether God is really listening.

This week we listened to a church sermon about the time before Christ was born. The New Testament begins with the Christmas story. Jesus is born and it’s great. Unfortunately, we often miss the part where God was silent for 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New. Although I am sure God may have been speaking to individuals and was acting in the lives of others, no recorded prophets or canonical actions took place. Not for a couple years. Not for 10 years. For 400 years.

For 400 years people continued to faithfully pray and hope that God would answer their prayers, hear them, help them. I cannot imagine how these people felt. I know I get impatient when I think God is not listening to my prayers for like a week. That being said, this photograph to me reminds me SO MUCH that God is faithful, that He does answer prayers, and that He never fails. This photo is beautiful to me. This marriage is beautiful to me, but my love story would not have looked like this if I did not give up the reins and stop trying to make things happen the way I wanted them to. I fought hard. I pushed through pain and against people and tried to love people that needed God’s love and not my own to fix them.

And yet here we are. Back at this photograph and with this man and this love in front of me. This is what happens when God answers prayers in His timing and not our timing. If you are praying for something. If you are in a time of struggle and doubt just know that you are not alone. If you are waiting and wondering if God has someone for you. If you are questioning whether He will bless you with children in the future. If you are wondering whether you will find a job or get accepted into graduate school, keep praying, keep showing up, keep trying, and know that you are trusting in a God that has never failed on a single promise.

My love story is just one miracle of so many. I think God is working miracles all around us. We just have to look.

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