One of my favorite songs popped into my head today as Elijah and I were hanging out in the basement. I started singing the lyrics to Gratitude by Nichole Nordeman, and Elijah immediately jumped in doing his best to follow along. It was one of those mommy-son moments I will remember forever.
But more than that, the lyrics really spoke to me today. I’ve always thought it was a pretty song, but when you stop and take the time to digest the lyrics, they are incredibly profound. To me, at it’s heart this song speaks about prayer. Click here to read the lyrics. I promise you it will be worth it to find a copy of the song to listen to on your own to experience for yourself.
The prayers in this song are for some pretty basic and intense personal needs. I think at one point or another if we’ve lived long enough, we’ve all had those moments when we look to God and ask for help in a desperate situation. Like most, we expect Him to move on our behalf. We ask in faith and expect God to come through. It’s a pretty Biblical concept. What we don’t expect is a pause . . . or a delay . . . or an outcome that we didn’t ask for, but this is exactly what happens sometimes. All we are left with is our own response to our seemingly unanswered prayer.
As I sang the song this morning with Elijah, I hoped in the deepest part of my heart that I have learned to respond to the unanswered prayers in my own life in the same way the singer of the song does – with gratitude. Acknowledging that even though I don’t understand why God does what He does in the timing that He has, He is in control. He knows best, and there is much I can learn through the process, if I am willing to do so.
I think the bottom line is that God will provide, He will answer, He will come through for us. He loves us. It’s just a matter of timing. That timing is in His control, not ours. What an incredible perspective we can embrace in the midst of waiting if we choose to.