My sister-in-law, Kim, told me a story tonight from her trip to Maryville, as she interviewed to attend college there just a few months ago. She went back today to make it official and sign up for classes, only to run into the same lady who interviewed her a few months ago. Part of the interview process was to write an essay, and Kim tells me she wrote about Ryan. The woman that Kim interviewed with did not admit it until today, that when she was interviewing Kim, she knew Ryan already. She is friends with someone who is friends with Chris and Pat, Gretchen. Gretchen had asked for prayers for our family, and that request reached this particular person, who told Kim today, that she keeps our family in her prayers. What an AWESOME thought to think just how far prayers can reach. Much farther than any of us imagine when they are first spoken or requested. Thank you Gretchen, for having the faith to ask for prayers on behalf of our family, and to this woman, whom I do not know, for praying faithfully for us. Thank you, Kim, for sharing the story with me. I love you!
This story prompted me, for some reason, to look back at old blog entries from when I first found out I was pregnant with Ryan. The smile on my face says it all, the words typed on the page from my heart. The end of the entry where we announced we were expecting again, talked about how we were strong in faith, and that all we really were hoping anyone would pray for, for us, was a healthy baby. When I read that, I wondered, does that mean our prayers were not answered?? It is hard admit that, no, they were not. But, that isn't the point of prayer is it?? It is not wrong to ask for what you hope for, or to let God know what is truly in your heart, even though he already knows. But, our requests may not always be His will. I think, the sooner we all let go of that need for control, the sooner we can all glorify God for all his good and spend more of our time seeking goodness in the blessings he has given and less time being angry for what we do not have. Trust, have faith, seek His plan for you, and there lies happiness.