I remember when Garth Brooks was extremely popular, even I, bought a few of his CDs. This was a move forward for me as I was transitioning from the “hair bands” of the 80’s and 90’s. Garth’s music made me think.
One of my favorites was Unanswered Prayers.
I remember praying for a lot of relationships, careers, sicknesses, and a myriad of reasons. If something does not happen, despite my prayers, this song has always gave me perspective.
This has been a tough year for my wife and I. We moved to a different state to answer what we thought was a calling from God. Four months later, we found ourselves far from where we thought God called us to. It was evident within the first weeks that it was not going to work out, but we tried to make it work.
God did not answer my deep desire to be a pastor long term, yet he helped me find that I was not ready. A few years ago, a good friend of mine told me, “God cares more about the man, than the message the man carries.” I find that to be true.
As I think back to that nostalgic tune, I know that where I am right now is a mixture of many prayers, from many people, answered or unanswered. In the end, I pray and trust that God is ordering my steps (and forgiving me as I jump forward).