I’ve said nothing here recently and probably won’t soon. There’s too much to say. Respect for the privacy of others prevents me from saying most of what I would like to.
I’ll tell you quickly that the legal conflict is over and I picked up my daughters last Tuesday morning. We’ve been home since Wednesday night. We had a hearing in court last Monday afternoon in Augusta, GA and it went exactly as I had declared in prayer that it would. No surprises there. (I wanted to make that public because so many have expressed concern and I appreciate that more than you know.)
That’s good news, but it was expected – at least by me. There’s far, far better news that was surprising to me. I’ve expected it all along but I wasn’t expecting it now. I knew that I knew that I knew… I didn’t know when. So it was a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning. It’s also the part I can’t write about here yet.
In January of 2003, an atheist issued a challenge to me: “When [things go the way I predict] and you don’t get what you are praying for will you admit that your God doesn’t exist and prayer is a foolish waste of time?”
I replied, “Certainly. But only on the condition that when [things go the way I predict], you’ll bow before my God and admit that He answers prayer.”
I’m currently holding my breath while waiting for that admission. Resuscitate me when it comes.
I don’t bring this up to boast about winning a bet. I point it out to brag on my God. He answers prayer and He does so every single time. I had pastors tell me that I was nuts and should give up. The more time that went by, the less I told “new” people in my life about what I was believing for. ”It’s been HOW LONG?!?!” ”Oh, Honey, you need to move on.”
Patience is hard. It can also be lonely – almost everyone thinks you’re crazy. I speak from experience. But don’t you ever let anyone move you off your dream. If you have a Word from God and even if you’re the only one that believes it, anything is possible. When you serve at the feet of Love.
You’ll never find anyone remembered as great in the Bible that took a poll or allowed themselves to be influenced by popular opinion and general consensus. What you find over and over and over are courageous people that refused to be moved, acted alone in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and we now consider them great because of their faith. (Recommended reading starts in Hebrews 11 and the part about Abraham in Romans 4 is a next step.) Whenever you find yourself in agreement with the majority in any situation, it’s time to re-examine your premises.
“Never” rarely lives up to its hype. It’s not over ’til it’s written in stone. On a grave.
I’m not even completely convinced that it’s always over then.