God answers prayers, but our prayers may not always come easy.
Not too long ago, I rode down a long highway. A kid had to go to the bathroom. We stopped at a rest stop. There, I noticed 3 girls standing outside the bathroom looking aimless, dizzy almost. I walked past them, but felt a check in my spirit. Were they okay? There were two pre-teens and one crying toddler who looked disoriented. I hesitated and didn’t talk to them, figuring I’d check on them after I got out of the bathroom. The only thing was — after I got out of the bathroom they were (poof!) gone. A distance from me, I could see a man carrying the kid away with the two girls getting in a car.
Something didn’t sit right with me about the whole thing. I wish I would have checked in with the girls to make sure they were okay. I talked to my husband about how child trafficking breaks my heart. Who knows what story these girls have, but I wish I would have acted faster. Darn.
More recently, we got in the car for a road trip. I remembered that situation as we set out. I essentially prayed, “God, bust every child trafficker or abuser today up and down this highway. Expose them. Bring justice, this morning!”
It wasn’t but a few hours later that my husband saw a huge conviction go down online. A huge child abuser source was stopped and brought in.
When did it happen? As the article conveyed the time; they got busted the same time I prayed.
This is not my win; it is God’s.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God used what looked like a horrible situation before, to bring immediate liberation to kids today. But, I couldn’t give up — I had to pray!
Do not allow a defeat to steal Christ’s victory that is right before you. Pray to see His better way!
Get down on your knees. Ask. Seek. Hope. And, believe again. Just a few words could make all the difference.