Unanswered Prayers

“I cannot believe that, seriously!”….I shrugged my head in disbelief. I had very successfully interviewed for a job, in a place I really wanted to live. It was close to my family, in a place with tons of outdoor activities, and a great climate. It was the same position I currently have, which isn’t at all fulfilling, but considering all the other benefits I’d gladly make the change.

Then out of the blue, the opportunity just vaporized.  I mean, poof….gone.

Needless to say I was very, very upset and went out into to nature to have one of those no holds barred conversations with God. Ironically, when I let it all out unabashedly, is when I become crystal clear. It’s that point of frustration, that point of I’m tired of having hopes dashed, that I’m not taking this crap anymore attitude that breaks through every barrier to my soul. That is where real change begins.

So fast forward several months later…..nothing like the passage of time to put things in perspective. For a long time I have dreamed of being a successful writer who inspires people, who makes a positive difference in the world. I’ve dreamed of writing about travel and using my photography skills to share the good things about the world and encourage others to do the same.

It’s been 3 months since I didn’t get the job I really wanted. In those 3 months I finished and submitted my animal stories book to be published. Several of my travel stories have been published on high profile websites. And…..last week I was interviewed on television!!! My first big break and it was so easy. Remember my photography? Yesterday, I was chosen as the photographer for a photo shoot of a 1.2 million dollar home.

I feel so alive that it’s incredible!! THIS is what makes my heart sing!   It is all coming together so effortlessly that I just stand there in awe and all I can say is Wow and Thank You.  I didn’t get the job I thought I wanted, but I’m beginning to live the life I’ve dreamed.

So the question remains Is God saying “no” when your requests aren’t answered? Based on my experiences, I have a theory. When you let go and ask God to guide you, what begins to appear are your heart’s true desires. We may say we really want something, but way deep inside there is a different desire. Letting go and trusting is when we connect to our deeper being. Like a defibrillator, it often takes a jolt from life for us to connect to our heart.

Ironically, when we surrender to our heart, “coincidences” start to appear, and things easily fall right into place.  Instead of tireless effort that seems to get nothing, the simplest efforts yield incredible results.

So the next time a prayer isn’t “answered” take a long deep look into your soul. Just maybe your heart’s desires are begging, screaming, and kicking to be let out and now is their time.

Preparing for What I’ve Requested

“I have an entertainment center, you want it?” Absolutely!  I said. I hung up the phone and eagerly began making room for it.  Moved the chair here, slid the couch over, got rid of a few unused items.  In short order, I had the perfect space for the entertainment center. I was excited and when my friend arrived, all that we had to do was unload it.

Recently I’ve been asking the powers above, “Where is my ______?”  I haven’t seen what I asked for and I’ve been patiently waiting. “Did you forget?” I’ll ask humorously.  Who hasn’t wondered where their “unanswered” prayers are? Personally, I’d like some GPS coordinates.

Course, whenever I start questioning above, I have to look at my own behavior and instantly saw an interesting pattern.  I’ll ask for something, give thanks for it, and then go on my merry way. So far so good; faith and letting go, I seem to have down.

However there is one thing I don’t do; prepare for the answered prayer.  What if I made “space” for the things I’ve asked for? What if I prepared for my requests to be answered and acted as if they were on their way or already here? If I was prepared, I could say “put that right here” and begin using it immediately. Rather than, “put that in the corner and I’ll get to it later”.

I’ve given people items and when I arrive at their house, it’s totally cluttered. You realize that what you gave them will probably be just be another piece of the pile. Personally, my first thought is “why would you ask, if you can’t even use it”.

On the flip side, I’ve given items to people who were incredibly thankful, were ready to receive it, and start using it while I’m there. They’re excited and ready to go.  Its feels so good giving to give to someone who is grateful and ready, I just want to give them more.

Hmmm, if I think like that and I’m just human then….….Yeah, I need to prepare for some answered prayers.