There are times in life when even our most sincere prayer and best efforts yield no visible results. We are confused and ask the question, “Why”?
This position is especially true of women because of their birthing nature. Women have an intrinsic desire to see newness brought about. When women labor over anything they inherently expect a certain result – a baby. So, when an experience does not bear the intended result, they wonder if the labor was in vain. “If there is no birth, has the time been wasted”?
Let us examine the birthing process. Birth begins with conception, an idea, a calling; something brand new, that becomes. New life lives in a place that is not visible to the naked eye where it is incubated until delivery. We hope to bring something forth in the end; but what if we do not see the result of our labor? What does it mean when we carry the burden for something that is never revealed?
I was pregnant four times, but I carried only three children to full term. My second child was miscarried. I do not believe for a moment that the conception and early growth of that child was in vain. In God’s infinite wisdom He simply chose to count her among the inhabitants of heaven, and I don’t have the ability to see her there.
Remember Job? We read in the first chapter of that book, that Job lost everything he had including his 10 children. Then, in Job 42:10 we read “… the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before”. God returned everything to Job in duplicate. For instance, before the devastation Job owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels and 500 yoke of oxen. After the restoration Job had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels and 1,000 yoke of oxen.
But what of his children; in verse 13 we notice that God gave Job 10 children, the same number as before, not 20. It seemed that God did not double the number of Job’s children as He did with his livestock. The fact is, God included in his count the 10 children who had died because they still existed. Job could not see them with his human eyes, but God could. It is not always about a result that we can see.
David says in Psalm 131 …”I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul…” There are times in life when no matter how much prayer or effort we devote to a cause, the result can appear futile. The challenge is to accept outcomes that are beyond our control. We must understand that God orchestrates the conclusions to all matters for the greater good.
Like David, we have the ability to quiet ourselves when we struggle with the “whys” of life. The scripture clearly indicates that David did this as an act of his will. He chose to stop concerning himself with the answers. God has given us this ability. So carry on. Your prayer and best efforts are not in vain. What you cannot see still counts!
Psalm 131:1-2 NIV My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 2/22/2009 1:07 AM