Has God ever answered a prayer in the way you weren't expecting?
That's happened to me a few times...and I remember all of those moments very specifically.
When I was in 4th grade, I knew where I was going to college. I never wavered. I toured, loved it, and applied Early Decision (which basically means- if you get in, you go.)
I remember after I applied, I was sitting in Yearbook with one of my friends and she was applying to a local university.
So, I decided to apply for the same university...because I was bored.
Yes, I was the type of person who applied to that university for fun.
I still remember reading the Dream School's Decision. I didn't get in. Not only did I not get in, I didn't even get WAIT LISTED. For a type A who had her heart set on this outcome for 8 years, who took all the right classes, whose counselor assured her she was a shoo-in....
There were lots of tears.
I felt like I had disappointed everyone- my friends, my teachers, my parents and myself.
I remember my parents telling me that it was God's plan.
And then I snapped out of it and was perfectly fine.
(Nope- that didn't happen. The last semester of High School was hard. I decided to go to the university I applied to for fun because the guy I was dating at the time told me that if I left the state, we would break up. And spoiler alert- we broke up anyway)
To make a VERY long story short- it was God's plan. My husband and I never would have crossed paths had I gone to my dream school. EllyandGrace probably wouldn't exist...my life would be completely different.
It wasn't a good fit for me, and I didn't know it. But God knew it!
Friend, if you're frustrated with something that hasn't gone the way you planned it- I get it. But the Lord has PERFECT timing, and He loves you too much to answer your prayers the way you want if He has something better in mind.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14
I designed a few shirts that remind me to worry less and trust in the Lord, and I hope they remind you to do the same!