God is a Big Picture Guy!
Why doesn’t God answer my prayers” the young woman asked? Then she continued. “I pray all the time and nothing happens.” And with a deep sigh, she added “I am beginning to think God doesn’t care about me at all”. On hearing her hurt, my response was hasty, but tender. “God always cares for us. We are never not on God’s mind!” Pope Benedict XVI said it this way: “Every human life is under God’s protection.” This means yours, mine and everyone else that God created.
Since God knows who we are and where we are on our journey, God either gives us what we need to get through our daily lives, or He has already provided us with what’s necessary without our even asking!
This is why every prayer is answered. God is too loving--to put us in the canoe of life without a paddle to navigate our way. Didn’t God make us to be with Him for all eternity? Didn’t He send His Son Jesus to correct the error--when we made the wrong turn?
God knows where we are, what we are doing, and how we are faring. God’s nightly dream is our personal salvation, and God works constantly that this dream will come true.
Now often we don’t realize God is answering our prayers, because we are looking for an answer different from what is being offered. Our God gazes upon us with loving and affectionate eyes, always sending us what we need and not necessarily what we want. God knows the bigger picture and what is best even when we don’t! God’s answer always has to do with saving those whom God loves.
Next time we feel our prayers are not being answered, stop and listen to your heart. There God is whispering the reasons--and remember God never fails us. He only gives what will bring us closer to Him.
“If today you hear his voice,” the Lord pleads “harden not your hearts.” Why? Because what the Lord is giving is yet another opportunity to love God more.
Now that’s the big picture God only sees--when God looks at us!