a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Friday, March 8, 2013

the other side of the coin

So remember the other day when I posted about how I prayed about my job, gave it to God, and the great results that happened?? Got a new account, onshore, good dictators, etc., etc., etc. 

Well......what happens when you pray for something and surrender it to God and how he chooses to START answering it is totally different than you would want it to be, especially if you see what you think is such a negative effect and certainly nothing you would want to have seen happen. How do you trust then? How do you continue to have faith that God is working in that situation and that his plan is the best one?

I have to be very vague with this out of respect to son and his privacy.  But something happened today that was not expected, not welcomed, definitely a step in the wrong direction on what I would have wanted for him. But along with the prayer that I prayed about my job a few days ago, I prayed a similar prayer about son, listing my concerns, listing how I thought God should solve it, and surrending it all to him.  So today watching events unfold, the first thing (okay maybe the 7th thing, but definitely in the top 10 things I said) was "thank you Lord, this didn't catch you by surprise and I'll continue to trust in you." And while its a step backward, its not the end of the road and I know my God is still working and still in control and will work it out for his glory and his eternal perspective. 

And I told hubby and son "this could actually be a blessing, let's looks back in a couple of years and see how it all plays out."

And I'm just betting it will be a good thing...........

33 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm sorry for the setback. I pray whatever it was, it will be for the best, as our God is in control and knows what is best for us.

DWei said...

Best of luck with whatever the future holds.

Shelly said...

I love how God is constantly working to make those step-backs step-forwards. I hope it comes to fruition soon~

Bijoux said...

Romans 8:28

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

God's ways are mysterious and there is always a plan. He is in control, There have been many times that I've just had to let go and believe and trust that all will be well. Especially when it comes to my children. Don't stop praying.

John DeBellis said...

We never know what can be something great in diguise, setbacks still are a pain though.

Life in a Small Town said...

It's so hard to sit there and watch your child hurting and having no power over what's going on. Prayers going out to your son.

Linda said...

Like your attitude and sure your son appreciates your support! Patience and prayer. Take care!

Chatty Crone said...

I hope and pray this decision your son made -will indeed turn out well for everyone - the hardest thing to do is have patience! Hugs and prayers. sandie

Jeanie said...

I pray for strength for you as you watch the twists and turns in your son's life and that it won't be long before you can say that things turned out well.

Dana said...

I hope that everything works out, friend.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Just remember that God never wastes a hurt or disappointment. {{{hug}}}

BelovedBomber said...

I love how we can look back and see God working in all situations. Just continue to pray and I am certain His will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Many blessings!

Adam said...

that's unfortunate

Deanna said...

Stay positive and trusting and strong. God is watching over your (and His) son.

Betty W said...

You are such an inspiration to me Betty. I love how you see God and his answer in everything, even the "not so pleasant" happenings.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Without knowing the details, sometimes God has to let us sink a little lower so that we'll look up. (((Betty)))

jack69 said...

We never know. And you hit a special sore spot in our lives too. We too are looking at a situation, that from our eyes it is impossible, but with Him all is possible.
I think you are using the Wisdom He gives.
Our thoughts are with you.

Sharon said...

I always find *faith-stretching* very difficult. Especially when it involves things that happen in my sons' lives. I worry more about them than anything else. Yes, I often tell God how to do HIS job - and then struggle with the way HE chooses to answer.

I am only consoled when I remember this TRUTH - He loves them more than I do, and He is always working for good in ALL circumstances.

I'm praying for a good thing out of your situation - and I applaud your choice to believe that it will one day be a blessing.

GOD BLESS!

Pat Hatt said...

Hope it turns into something good and you all can look back on it and smile.

Seriously Though said...

These past two posts have been an encouragement to me. I know He works things work together for good for those who love Him and are called for His purposes. hang in there! thanks for the encouraging words.

Sharon said...

I just read Tuesday's post and then today's. I have a friend that keeps a prayer journal; she also writes her answers in the journal after it's answered. It takes great faith to do what you did and I loved that your prayer was answered in the way that you & God must have thought was best. It's difficult when it comes to our children's lives; we can pray what we think is best but in the end, we don't know what's best. Only God knows that; that is where LOTS of faith comes into play. You have great perspective; though, to think that even though this wasn't good that down the road it'll be a good thing. Isn't most everything a good thing if we learn from it? All that being said, I"m sorry for whatever it was that seems to have not been the wrong direction for your son.

Mevely317 said...

I so love what you said about looking back in a couple of years. Oh yes, and expecting this might be a blessing.
Sometimes I get sooo impatient with God (lol), but when I look back on my own life and realize the times I thought were the "worst-EVER" turned out to be the path to a wonderful new beginning.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I do hoe it works out for your son. Life rarely goes the way we insist that it should.

SweetMarie said...

I hope you will soon see it's for the best. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I praying that it all happened for the best in the long run. ((HUGS))
I know it's hard Betty. I was on my knees yesterday praying for our daughter.

Punky Coletta said...

Thank you for sharing. Surrendering to God is something I need to focus on more in life.

Juli said...

I will guess that I have an inkling as to what happened and all I will say is this... God will teach him what he needs to know. Sometimes it is what we want, sometimes it is what they need.

In my ex's case, he was given many, MANY opportunities. He chose to ignore them all. A freak accident revealed Cancer that would have killed him within 3 months.... he was "cured" and could have had a whole different life. He chose not to. God works in ways we will never understand.... if your son is in the right place/mind he will hopefully hear God and be able to change, or else seek comfort and peace with the end result. (((HUGS)))

Robyn :) said...

When hubby got out of the army he strated to work for a car dealership's service department. it was crapppy hours and crappy pay. He ended up getting let go. e were worried, but he started looking right away. One place he went was Foot Locker distribution center. They told him they only hire through Labor Max, a day labor place. He went there and everyday he had a job until they sent him to foot locker as a temp to hire and now he has been there as a regular employee almost 1 year. The pay is good and they treat their employees really well. So there is always a blessing in setbacks.

Marianne said...

I admire & applaud your faith. Saying an extra little prayer for everyone. L, Mar

Lynda said...

You are right that all we can do is wait and trust even when it's difficult. It is nice though when we have gotten through the current "trial" and can see God's hand in all of it!

The Brown Recluse said...

Because He really does have all things in control, He has this, too. And the Bible does tell us that He can take those bad things and make them work for our good, for those who love Him.

When it comes to our kids...well, I fully understand how you feel, I do.

Blondee said...

You amaze me. You spoke my very words...just this afternoon I was thinking how do I trust in this? How do I give this all over and be open to trust?

Amazing. Prayer changes everything.