“…the plans I have…” Jeremiah 29:11
God always answers prayer – even when it’s not what you expect.
There is an old song by Enchantment called “My Rose.” The verse simply says:
Heaven only knows
Just how far we can go
Give love a chance to grow”
Their verse says something significant to us: we don’t know God’s plans. Truly, He is able to reveal the plan to us. Yet… for the most part… we don’t know. We find ourselves in various friendships relationships. We have a desire for them to go a certain way, but it doesn’t always happen that way.
However, a “deterred hope” is never an excuse to give up on God. God knows the desires that we have in our hearts. We don’t know how and/or when He will meet that particular desire. We may receive the desire of our heart in the manner we desired or another way. If you are waiting for an answer to a prayer, consider this: sometimes, God tests our hearts to see if we will continue serve Him when the answer does not come how we expect it. In the words of the prophet Habakkuk, “Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (2:3) The answer to your prayer is appointed for a specific season.
If you are finding that life and relationships and friendships aren’t going the way you desire, don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel. God knows the plan. So trust Him. You won’t be disappointed.