I think of the seagulls from Finding Nemo who, upon seeing Nemo in the water, began in unison saying, “Mine, mine, mine…..mine, mine, mine.”
Toddlers can get stuck on one word, “why.” We have all heard the expression, “Life is not fair.” When you were a child or even as a teen I am certain you asked for something or permission to go somewhere and when you were told “no,” and you would resort to, “Why, but her Mom said it was ok.”
Then the proverbial answer, “I am not her mother, I am your mother.” Those conversations never turned out how I would desire them to; all the while my mother was making choices because of her foresight and wisdom of the situations and loved me enough to say “no”. There are other times within our lifetime that we will hear “no” and unfortunately each time the answer may not get any easier to hear.
Unlike a small child who can outwardly show his or her disgust with life when it is not “fair,” adults are taught to keep it in, calmly process, then discuss the issue and create a plan to solve. Well, let me say there have been times while serving in ministry that I wish I could lay on the floor and just cry, maybe even stomp my feet, when things do not turn out as I had hoped. I believe it is okay to get your emotions out, honor your feelings, but cry out to God for understanding and fulfillment to see your difficult time through.
There are many places in Scripture where God’s chosen have cried out to Him in uncertainty, questioning their circumstances or in desperation.
There is hope.
We can read from these same followers that they were answered and in His own timing, God provided them with the insight and understanding of how He used those events to fulfill His plan and further His Kingdom. Just remember that God sees the bigger picture and when He tells us “no” or “not now,” TRUST. It is okay to ask “why,” but do not allow your questions to become a stumbling block in your ministry.
May you rest in the words of David from the psalms:
I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.