Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Even So

Will God ever answer my prayers? I’ve prayed and prayed for my son to return home to the family that loves him, to the God who died to save him. I’ve prayed and prayed for my sister to be cured of cancer, to be free from this evil disease. I’ve prayed and prayed for God to take away this sin that penetrates my heart, to release me from captivity. Have you prayed such prayers? Have you experienced frustration, exhaustion, and sore knees from the lack of answers? The solution is a new focus and a heart adjustment.

God longs to give us the desires of our hearts. But like a loving parent, He waits to give us those gifts when we can fully appreciate them. Our Heavenly Father knows our needs. He knows when we need them. Does a responsible loving parent simply give gifts to make a child happy or does the parent first teach the value of the gift, more importantly the love coming from the giver?

Years ago when my children were preschoolers, my husband worked regularly out-of-town for a year and a half. He flew home on Friday nights and returned to the airport on Sunday afternoons. We all suffered through the separation. Because my husband carried guilt for his lack of parental presence, he brought gifts home for his children. It seem to ease his conscience, but eventually he realized a problem. Instead of running to welcome their daddy home, our children began asking, “What did you bring us? Where are our presents?”

Whack—a shot in his heart. Desiring gifts rather than longing for their daddy. I can only imagine the stabbing pain my husband suffered. He put a halt to the gift giving and ultimately our children’s greetings changed. Instead of uttering self-seeking questions, screams of devotion erupted from their lips when he picked them up for hugs. 

God is the same way. Our loving Heavenly Father longs for us to yearn for Him, not His gifts and promises. He desires to give us our desires, but He knows we must first love Him, the Giver of all things.

Even if we pray and pray and pray to no avail (it may seem), we need to love and praise His holy name. Even when our world appears to be falling apart, we need to love and praise His holy name. Even so, in the midst of agony and silence, we need to love and praise His holy name. 

He doesn’t leave us alone with nothing. God our Father offers His Presence. He stands beside us holding our hands and strengthening us. He stretches our faith until our hearts are completely His. Then and only then can we understand His love and receive His gifts. 

Almighty God is the perfect Parent. He is a good God. He is the gracious loving Savior of the world. Like my husband, He longs to be loved by his children. Like my husband, He longs to bless His children with gifts. His plans for our lives are better than anything we can imagine.

God wants both sinner and saint to love Him. Drop your expectations, your pretenses—simply love Him, fully trust Him. Shrieks of joy will arise from your heart and flow from your lips as you run into His devoted arms. His overflow of blessings will astound you!

As you meditate on the Scripture verses below, consider reading the complete chapters. Allow God’s Word to penetrate your heart and release your soul. And then, if so led, post your thoughts. I’d love to hear what God is sharing with you!

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.  Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:27-31 (NIV)

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.  Malachi 4:2 (NIV)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.  Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV)


  1. I sooooooo needed this today! Loved it!

  2. So very beautiful.The weary parent will be lifted upon wings of encouragement. Well written and expressed.