Do you wonder if God hears your prayers? For the past several months you and I have been praying for a new pastor to come along and walk with Edmonds Presbyterian Church for our next season in life. I don’t know about you, but it seemed like God did not answer my prayer. I had specifically asked for a pastor to join us right after Pastor Amy retired. It didn’t happen. What is going on? It is similar to the prayer, “Lord grant me patience, and give it to me now!”
It is a blessing that God doesn’t run on my schedule. If HE did, I would be in a terrible mess now. Think back about some of the things you have prayed for and God mercifully DID NOT grant them. I am reminded by what Ruth Graham said about her prayers for a husband. “God is mercifully and did not answer my prayers for a mate – many times. If He had, I would have married the wrong man, several times!”
As this Caller is being sent out, your session is in final discussions with an individual we believe God has called specifically for Edmonds Presbyterian Church. If this is the right person, you will have the opportunity to meet them soon. If not, God is still working to find the right person for us to love and serve with in His kingdom.
We are all aware of some of the great waits in the Bible. Times when God said there was going to be something that happened and then nothing seemed to happen. Think about the wait of some of the Hero’s of Faith, Noah, Abraham and Sara, David, Moses, Rachael, and so many more. They were all promised something and then…nothing…or at least nothing for a while and THEN – STAND BACK AND LOOK OUT!
I’ve been told many times, not your time, but God’s time. I usually think maybe God messed up on this. This is the right time, or at least I think it is. God, what is going on? Then in retrospect I see how it was divinely inspired that my time was not the right time and THANK GOD for your perfect timing!
God hears the cries of our heart. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
Thank God that He doesn’t answer prayer on our schedule!
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