Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that [works] in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
– Ephesians 3:20-21, KJV (change mine)
DM family after Mrs. DM crushed the Twin Cities Marathon 2015
Sometimes we pray for things that are not in our best interest. That is why I am so thankful to serve a good Father who knows best and gives perfect gifts.
Several years ago, I remember praying for a miracle. I asked God to restore my violated marriage. In some ways, I–along with my family–still held out hope to the very end that God would answer that prayer and give me that miracle.
God said, “No.”
My first marriage ended in divorce. And it felt like the end. I was not happy with God.
But we serve a God who gives “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” I look back on that disappointing answer today and thank God that He said, “No.”
That “No” opened the door the eventual “Yes” that has transformed my life into being a father and husband to a fiercely loyal friend, Mrs. DM. It is truly exceeding abundantly more than I could have asked back in those days sitting in the ashes of my dead marriage.
I write this as an encouragement. Maybe today you are experiencing God’s “No” to your prayers regarding a marriage miracle. God may simply be closing that door in order to prepare you for an abundantly better “Yes.” Have faith and …
Never forget: God is the best giver of gifts!
To this, I personally testify.
I will leave you with a classic Garth Brooks song, “Unanswered Prayers”–