This took me off guard, especially the level of anger she approached me with. I knew that she had asked Christ into her life just a few months prior and that she was just discovering her new found faith. But where did this come from?
After settling her down I learned that she had been praying about a very urgent need. She assumed that she wasn't doing something right because her prayer hadn't been answered.
We read about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3. While they needed a miracle, they trusted God even if He didn't save them from the firey furnace.
In verse 16b - 18 “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Their fear (respect) of God was greater than their fear of death. King Nebuchadnezzar didn't own their hearts, therefore, they were free to trust in God.
The woman and I talked about whether her fear was greater than her faith and if her trust in Gods plan for her life was greater than her plans for her life. Once she processed everything she discovered a new found peace through her faith in Christ.
Did God ever answer her prayer? A few months later through a series of events that had the potential to be quite tragic God showed up in a big way. Not only did he answer her prayer, he changed her life and that of her family for the better.
PRAY: Dear Jesus: I know that I can panic sometimes. But help me to keep my faith in you and push my fears away. AMEN.