We love hearing testimonies of how God intervened in an amazing way in someone’s life. A child healed. A financial need solved. A marriage restored. A longing fulfilled.
Yet even as we celebrate with the person telling us the glorious story, there may be a part of us that (if we’re being totally honest here) can be a little distracted; a part of us that, instead of celebrating, might be quietly asking, “But what about my prayers?”
Sometimes as I’m listening to someone else’s story of victory, my mind wanders to the fact that I, too, have been praying—for a child, financial need, relationship, longing, etc.—and I’m still waiting for an answer. So, what does that mean? Is there something wrong with my prayers? Do I not have enough faith? Does God love me less? Is He unaware of my need?
And doubt can creep in, instead of the encouragement and boosted-faith that God wants me to experience when I hear stories of great things He has done.
I want to tell you about one of most precious and amazing testimonies I’ve ever heard. It was at a wedding, and it was the testimony of the groom (who was about to become my son-in-law, by the way) telling a room full of wedding guests about the day he sat in a coffee shop talking to God about longing for a wife. Jake shared, “As I poured out my heart, I asked God if He could send a beautiful, Jesus-loving woman through that coffee shop door and have her come sit at my table.”
About fifteen minutes later, a woman he worked with at a local Christian school came through the coffee shop door, saw him, walked over, and asked if she could join him. She was someone who had already caught his attention, someone he had already wondered if God might be putting in his path. His heart skipped a beat.
At that point in the testimony, Jake handed the microphone to the woman at his side. Kacie shared that she had been in her car driving across town to a DIFFERENT coffee shop when she felt the Lord firmly directing her to make a U-turn and go instead to the coffee shop where, unbeknownst to her, Jake sat praying for his bride-to-be.
And now these two beautiful kids were standing before us, hand-in-hand, giving glory to Jesus and preparing to step into their future as husband and wife.
Amazing story, yes? But here’s my favorite part.
After Kacie added her part of the story, Jake spoke again. And here is what he said:
“But I have to tell you something. That wasn’t the first time I had prayed that prayer. It wasn’t even the 10th time. I had prayed that prayer in some form or another probably a hundred times. A hundred times when nothing happened. And then God answered. In His timing. So, if you’re praying for a miracle, don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up. Keep asking for that miracle. And keep trusting God that He loves you, He has a perfect plan for you, and He will provide what you need in His perfect timing.”
I love that Jake and Kacie’s testimony wasn’t just about the glorious provision, but about the longing and waiting, too. It wasn’t just about thanking God for His answer, it was also about trusting Him when the answer was nowhere to be seen.
Time and time again, the Bible encourages us to tell others about the goodness of God. After delivering a man from demons, Jesus told him, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19). The Apostle John wrote to fellow believers, “We proclaim to you that we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.” (1 John 1:3). David wrote, “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.” (Psalm 66:16).
So, keep sharing your stories. And when you hear testimonies of God’s provision in the life of someone else, keep celebrating.
And no matter what, keep trusting. Testimonies aren’t about the outcome, not really. They tell the story of our reliance on a faithful God whose unfailing compassions are new every morning; they celebrate our relationship with a Heavenly Father who does not give his children stones, but bread.
Most of all, they reveal what it’s like to be loved by a Creator whose thoughts and ways (and timing!) are not always our own, but with whom we can trust our hearts, our lives, and all of our tomorrows.
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