“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
I'm really grateful for unanswered prayers. In the moment, I'm sad and frustrated with God. Why didn't I get the job? Why didn't he ask me to be his girlfriend? Why? Why? Why?
I'm sitting here in my closet, and I'm reflecting on some bad prayers. I'm reflecting on some prayers where I said something but meant something else, and I'm so glad that God recognizes hearts and spirits that are in alignment with His will.
See, if God were just a genie, then even those bad prayers, those wrong, selfish requests would have been granted. Whether they were to my detriment or not, they would have been granted. A genie is essentially a powerful slave, which is really how we treat God a lot of the time, but that's a post for another day.
Today is about the beauty of God's wisdom. As I reflect, I'm grateful that I didn't get that job. I'm so grateful that the ex-boyfriend didn't come back into my life. While there are still a lot of things I don't understand yet, there are so many things I'm able to reflect back on and see why God didn't allow it. And even though I can only know and understand very little, in hindsight, what I do know and understand is plenty for me to trust God.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT