Monday, December 3, 2012

Message Received

But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. Luke 1:13

For some unknown reason, my Dad's phone receives everyone else's messages except mine. I can see his messages, but he can't see my responses. It's frustrating, as intended communication fails.

Many times I wonder if my Eternal Father has received my prayers. I wait for responses that never seem to come, so I silently conclude: “The message just didn't get through.” So I pray again, secretly waiting for His...response. “Ok, no response, but at least confirm receipt?” Silence. Frustrating. Resigning. “Ok, I give up.” Was the message to Him for intimacy of communication or for personal fulfillment? Am I the child that continues to come with my desires or pouts when “feeling ignored”?

The truth is, that He receives absolutely every prayer; not based on His response, but based on His love. The truth is, that He is responding to me by His heart long before He responds to me through my circumstances. Sometimes He answers immediately. Sometimes He answers intimately. Sometimes He answers in silence. Sometimes He answers in scars. Sometimes He answers in my favor. Sometimes He answers in my faith. Sometimes He answers in my healing. Sometimes He answers in my hurt.

The truth is, He is always listening, He is always receiving, and He is always responding. The question is not His responding to me, but my responding to Him. Always.

Enjoy Him, Michelle