I have been praying on a certain issue for years. At times I feel as if God works like a crock pot but I would rather He was a microwave.
I know God is hearing me and yes the thought has crossed my mind that my answer could be a no but then I come across a part in the Bible that reminds me that my timing is anything but Gods.
The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath
1 After this there was a o feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by p the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic 1 called Bethesda, 2 which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids – blind, lame, and q paralyzed. 3 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, r “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
9 r And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. s Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and t it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for u Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! v Sin no more, w that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews x were persecuting Jesus, y because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
As I was reading this the other morning right after my long prayer, I got stuck on one part of the passage for the longest time. No it wasn’t on the fact of a healing on the Sabbath, yes that’s a big one but all I could see was a man had been an invalid for not one or two years but a LONG 38!! As I reread and thought about this I had such a deep overwhelming connection to him. This man went to the pool year after year. He didn’t give up he just went like clock work. His miracle came with no bells or whistles after all this time of waiting, in fact he couldn’t even say who, when asked. This man with no name has made such an imprint by his unwavering faith, his name wasn’t needed his action spoke volumes.
I wont forget this mans persistence. My prayer will be answered, it might come on a day that I wouldn’t think it should happen on or perhaps in such a quite way I wont realize what is happening but it will happen. It might take a bit more time, that’s all.