I’m not really a country music fan, but I heard this song by Garth Brooks (I think) called Unanswered Prayers. The theme of it is that people don’t always know what’s best for them, and if God doesn’t answer your prayers there’s a good reason for it. “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”
A few months ago, I was changing jobs, and I found an opportunity that fit my abilities, experience, and future plans perfectly. It was exactly what I wanted - close to my friends, came with a free apartment, used my talents, and offered exciting challenges. I mentioned it to my friend, and she applied and got it! I was furious! I cried for a week. I was so angry at my friend, and I hardly saw her for a few weeks. I ended up taking a six-month contract position far away from my friends, that didn’t pay as well, and was less interesting, doing something that was more difficult for me.
In those six months, I learned so much! I was living far away from people I knew, so I had to go outside my comfort zone to meet new people. I learned new skills at work, and new personal skills that helped me as a human being. I made so many new friends, including my boyfriend, whom I am hoping to marry. I am so thankful that I took that job.
And then, after my six-month contract finished, my friend arranged an opening at the other company for me, and now we are working together. And even though I am very happy at my dream job now, I’m half considering going back to the second-choice job, which made me a better person, in a year or two.
So I guess God knew what He was doing after all! Does anybody else have a story like this? Have you ever prayed for something you didn’t get, and realized later that you were better off without it?