“But You promised me! This is not what You said You would do! You hurt me!”
Raw and real words. Yes, I cried them out to my Lord. I just couldn’t understand. While my husband and I were praying over a difficult situation, I laid out tough questions. Right after prayer, my husband received a text from someone several states away who knew nothing of what we faced. It said, “I felt God wanted me to tell you that He is turning it around.” It was done. I knew the prayer was answered.
Nine months later, I faced a shattered promise. The opposite of my prayer request had happened. I felt hurt and betrayal…..by my Abba. Yet I know He never breaks promises. Right?!
Today….years later, I catch myself often saying, “He has turned it around.” And it’s still turning…..changing…..into a bigger picture than I ever thought of during my confused prayer. See, I had in my mind an understanding of how the ‘turn around’ would look. But Father saw beyond. Other lives that would forever be effected.
Often we grab onto prophetic words given and start rejoicing….proclaiming. Yet we don’t stop to wait at His feet for His interpretation. .Hebrews 11 gives us a list of those who stood on His promises. In the natural it might have looked like standing on broken promises. Truth is each were standing in their faith while walking through the natural. A word about an open window with money pouring in might appear to refer to riches coming. In truth though, it may have meant to encourage you in the midst of a loss job that He will provide.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them and embraced them……” (Hebrews 11:13).
When the outcome is different than your understanding of the promise, remember to still stand. It might feel like a betrayal. It might hurt deep. It could appear He failed to show up. Just stand, even in your brokenness, and embrace His promise of enduring faithfulness and love.
In time you might be surprised to realize He has turned it around.