His way, and Hi
C, great topic and question. Why? Why are some prayers answered and other hang out in limbo forever? I have not the answer to the why? However for me, it's truly getting God really IS in control.
I have hurts and prayers that have gone unanswered. But those hurts turn into a greater understanding of how it's always going to be God's plan, God's way, and ultimately God's will. I can rest and have peace. In Psalms 27:14 it says "wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. ( and God would desine me as one with little patience, just my luck)
I have learned over the years that one thing remains true God does come through, and sometimes it takes many years later to bring that into a complete understanding. One prayer was never answered in my life. My first marriage being restored was the daily prayer and my husband divorced. OUCH!!!!
I look at the marriage I have now, the incredible moving impact that has had on my older two children and I would go through all that pain again, of my past, to see the lives of these two older kids. What the last five years have taught them. How could I have known, only God. I believe God uses our strength and courage to bring someone else along in thier life as part of a greater plan we no nothing about. So I try to be strong in the Lord and have courage with each passing day.
The other thing that speaks to me daily is God's word. When I struggle with not seeing the prayers being answered I am always amazed how God speaks to me. I have significant unresolve with my parents. This has pained my heart for years for there seems to be nothing I could do to find favor in them. I ached in my heart over this prayer going unanswered. One day I woke up and said to Jesus..."why oh why does this continue? It's my turn Jesus, where is my miracle?" I went on with my quiet time and this is the verse that happen to be in the same chapter of the verse listed above. Psalms 27:10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up". Is that my miracle? I believe it is God's way of reminding me that he has taken up my pain, my hurts and I can rest in His arms. To this day I truly have peace, love, grace and understanding of my parents. God also provided that same week of having read that Proverb for the first time an 84 year old woman. Who is now 89 years old and carries on as if she were my mother. But wait, my prayer for healing with my parents, where is that miracle? I say to myself...."honey God gave you the things you would need for right now". I accept and I get that it will always be God's plan, God's way, and His will.