When you most needed it, your prayer seems to be in vain, we are often reminded. Some prayers are answered immediately while some prayers seem unheard. That is the reality of life. We knew it and we wonder why?
Unfortunately, my elder brother became alcoholic. Many tears were shed for him alone. My parents and my whole family were in prayer mode for a long time. My sister-in-law was a true prayer warrior. She literally cried and shouted, to the Lord, ‘please do your work on my husband’. Many times I saw her, on her knees, shedding tears before the Lord for her husband.
But then, there was no sign of him returning back to his good life that he’d lived before. Our earthly eyes cannot see beyond that point. We did not know how God was working on our brother. But we knew He has worked His ways. Our prayers went unanswered or it is very much heard?
Brother was a born-genius. He doesn’t need training in carpentry works. He can repair and work on any mechanical work. He didn’t have the chance to pursue business courses. Yet he undertook some real estate business very easily under his stride. He built our house on his own. He got lots of work done in his lifetime. So he worked very hard. He worked much harder than anyone in the family.
We spent our childhood together. He was a good protector for me and a good fighter than me as well. We love each other very much. In whatever he laid his hands, to the fullest he did. The same goes with wine.
Although we no longer lived in the same town, we had the chance to meet up in his final days. We walked hand-in-hand, as we did in our childhood days. We talked about what God has done for us. The love of God was emphasized. Brother was soft at heart. At times, he requested me to lay hands on him and pray in his behalf. We did that together. I told him nothing can change the relation between him and God. Many times he reiterated he was late for change. His health had already taken toll on him. But still we prayed. If all the things are revealed time-to-time, there will be no meaning to life.
We returned back to our places. After a month I was informed brother left for eternity. Oh my! Doesn’t God hear our prayers and our request? No, He did. He worked His ways. It was hard to bear. But then God did not make mistakes. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.*
“But where is the good part here?” We asked. We did not have all the answers of everything in this life here on earth. Some of the things are better untold. One day we will understand whether here on earth or in heaven, when we have fellowship with the Lord. When He reveal the good things being promised here, it will be sweet!
When we see Him face-to-face, all things will be whole. We will get all the answers we wanted for ages. The Lord declares, “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”*
Some questions are better left unanswered. It draws our heart closer to God. The time will come when all will be revealed.
To God be the glory. He holds together all the earth. The mind cannot measure His majesty.
Romans 8:28, John 16:22