I'll praise you in this storm And I will lift my hands That you are who you are No matter where I am And every tear I've cried You hold in your hand You never left my side And though my heart is torn I will praise you in this storm ("Praise You in this Storm" by Casting Crowns)While watching Breakthrough I kept on thinking about a saying in Spanish I hear often: “Teniendo fe en Dios, todo sale bien.” “Having faith in God, everything will work out fine.” That saying has always bothered me. Many times I have heard it used to mean, “Having faith in God, this will turn out the way you want it to.” That is just so wrong.
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. (Matthew 7:7) If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. (John 14:14)As seasoned Christians, we have all asked for many things in good faith. I have asked for more wealth, health, a bigger house, and for emotional pains to be taken away, among many other things. Sometimes I have received what I asked for and many times I have not. Faith in God answering our prayers does not mean he is going to give whatever we ask. He loves us way too much to do that. When my kids ask to play video games all the live-long day, I say no. Not because I am trying to ruin their lives (despite what they are thinking) but because I want them to have an abundant life. I want what is best for them. I want them to go outside and play basketball in the fresh air. I want them to bond with each other instead of a screen. They get so mad at me! Their 9-years-old-and-under little brains don’t comprehend the reason behind my no, no matter how many times I explain it all to them. Sound familiar? It does to me. That’s how so many times I have reacted to an unanswered prayer. I know the truth behind those verses in Matthew and John, but my little human brain has the hardest time comprehending the reality of the Truth. Three weeks before I watched Breakthrough, I experienced my first miscarriage. This was one, if not the hardest, things I have had to go through in my life thus far. The complete heartache, sorrow so deep and physical pain in my heart is something many of us moms have had to suffer through. As I sat on that examination bed and numbly took in everything the doctor was saying, a song kept playing in my head. This song had, by the grace of God, been playing out of nowhere in my head the days before. On that bed I kept hearing, “I will praise you in this storm.” I walked out of the doctor’s office and made the walk of shame down the hall to check out and kept hearing, “I will praise you in this storm.” On the way to mass that evening, it was on replay in my thoughts: “I will praise you in this storm.” The song didn’t leave me for the next week. I thank God for that grace. It was like he wasn’t going to let me forget that my love for him is not based on positive results, or results that I have been begging him for. My love for him is based on who He is. And He is Good. No matter what the outcome of a situation turns out to be. Not everyone gets to come back from the dead. And God is still very, very Good. When you watch Breakthrough, take some time to reflect on your own life and the moments that you have turned away from God because he didn’t give you exactly what you asked for. Take time to reflect on the moments that everything has gone “wrong” and you still praised Him in that storm; and thank him for that enormous grace. Our God is so Good, we can’t even comprehend how Good he actually is, he is so Good! Thanks be to God. Dear Sweet Jesus, Please help us trust in you and praise you, no matter what the outcome of our prayers may be. We love you so much. Amen.
Copyright 2019 Stephanie Stovall
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Stephanie Stovall loves Oklahoma State University and hanging out with her husband. She keeps Holy Mary busy praying for patience with her five little boys. Stephanie loves God, Catholicism and evangelizing with all her heart! You can find more of her messy thoughts over on TheBlessedFruit.com