When The Answer Doesn’t Come

Aug 12, 2015

A few months ago I was in desperate need of a car

so I prayed.


No doubt about it. A white Nissan Altima.

Finding a car for a short person is not always easy

and I knew that a Nissan Altima would work fine.

Why white? It was just my preference.

So I prayed for a white, used Nissan Altima with low mileage.

Yes, it had to be used for my pocketbook.

I looked and looked and looked

but one day led to another

and there was simply no used white Nissan Altima to be found.

In the meantime my Grand Prix was leaking

so that every rain led to wet floors in my car.

Yes, lay down the towels and dry out the wet ones time.

My car struggled to go up any hill and made some very strange noises.

Pray. Pray some more.

My closest friends joined us in prayer and in the search.

Every day I scanned the car listings

but still nothing remotely close to my request came available.

I knew His Promise.

 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians3:20


  He is able.

  I am in need.

  Day after day I prayed and searched for a car.

  One day I went into a used car dealership that

      listed their service to help you find a car.

  I walked over to this big desk and sat down

     while a man looked at me seriously.

Please sir,

   can you help me find this car?

   He took notes on my request and price range.

  And agreed to get back in touch with me.

But once more day after day went by

   and I heard nothing.

  The day the transmission began to go

   on my Grand Prix

  I became nervous.

Lord, you have heard my cry.

Lord, you know.

    You know how much we need a car.

I prayed again spreading it all before Him,

   knowing His heart of Love

   knowing His promise to trust Him

   knowing His Will, my peace.

I went back to the used car dealership

  wondering if they possibly had some leads.

I’ll never forget that day

   as the two men smiled at me and suggested a van.

 The looks on their faces left no doubt.

They thought my search was in vain. I needed to expand my options.

As I left the shop that afternoon

   I wondered within myself.

Was anything too hard for God?

Was I asking in vain?

Deep within I was open to receive His Will

   Whatever that might be but I sensed that I was right to wait and pray.

  I sensed the call was to trust Him

   although I could see nothing.

And so I did.

Matthew 7: 7-11: Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

 I no longer could safely drive wherever I wanted to go.

He is Lord of the wait.

I kept changing those wet towels after every rain.

He is Lord of the difficult days.

I had no other place to look

   But that didn’t limit His Ability.

 One day a few weeks later

         completely out of the blue

  I got a call telling me of a used car 5 miles from my house.

 My heart beat rapidly as I checked to see if it was available.

It not only was

   but it was just the right price,

    and a used Nissan Altima with low mileage

   in white.


His timing – my gift.

Never give up

   when the answer doesn’t come immediately.

Never give up

   when things just don’t work out.

Never give up.

Trust Him to answer your every need

  in His time

  and in His Way.

He cares about all of you.

Dogs, cars, children, bills, health, marriage/divorce,

   elderly parents, college,

   babies, vacations,

   and most of all your heart.

Never give up!




just because


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