Tuesday, July 28, 2009


"The LORD says, 'I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.'" Isaiah 59:10


Can you imagine that? The Lord is holding our answer in His hands, but because we failed to present our need before Him, we did not receive.

The very thing we're waiting on and longing for is available. In my minds eye I see a beautifully wrapped parcel. It's contents will fulfill the cry of our heart. Yet, it sits on a shelf, unclaimed, and we feel abandoned and forgotten.

The prayer that never was, blocked the answer that was.

What keeps us from asking?

Fear? Pride? Doubt? Insecurity? Self-assurance? Friends?

I sent a parcel in the mail to a friend earlier this year. After weeks and weeks of not hearing that it had arrived at it's destination safely, I contacted her to inquire. No...she had not received it.

Weeks later I received notification that it had been returned to my address. The sticker on the package indicated that it had not been claimed. It sat waiting for the recipient to come and just reach out and accept it.

I wonder what answers God has wrapped and waiting for me, if I would just fall on my knees in humility and ask.

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Sande said...

Phew! Speechless. But I guess that is just what your talking about.

What is wrong with us. Why would we rather try it in our own strength anyway?!

Danielle said...

Oh, Ouch! I am so hearing you this morning.

On Purpose said...

Encouraged to go check my "God mail" today!

Sarah Dawn said...

May all His gifts be delivered straight to my heart Lord.

Thanks for splashing me today in His goodness!

Hugs from Costa RIca,
Sarah Dawn

~Grace and Peace said...

That is so very true. It is so sad to think of what we could be missing out on because we're so (insert excuse here).

Have a blessed day, Joy!

Raylene said...

A friend reminded me yesterday to WAIT & PRAY....and today the verse that stood out to me was: Isaiah 64:4(New Living Translation)4 For since the world began,no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!
I looked up "in the works" in process of preparation, development, or completion.....God is working behind the scenes when I may not SEE what he is doing, this is where my faith is challenged, do I BELIEVE...and also the word "wait" to stay in place in expectation of; to look forward expectantly....the enemy has been trying to get me to be down, under self pity...BUT I am to WAIT upon the LORD...he will answer in HIS timing and not mine.

Laura said...

What a great illustration, Joy. I've been convicted. I think I always just think He knows, and so don't ask. But I know how He loves the fellowship and the humility in the asking. Need to practice this more.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I tell you what I'm asking for ...

for God to "scatter" some joy in my direction! I mean that. Get yourself down here girl. Soon!


Tea With Tiffany said...

Great example of so many of us. Including me.

I want to receive. And I want to give.

Thank you.