Temperatures in my neck of the woods have reached triple digits. It probably has in yours as well.
I am SO thankful for central air in the house, and air conditioners in cars.
As I walked in the house, my daughter's cat emerged from a back room, walked to the slider, and begged to go outside.
I kneeled by her and petted her head. "You really don't want to go outside. It is too hot. You'll swelter in your fur coat." Did she believe me? Noooooooo.
That's when the idea for this post popped in my head. I gingerly fetched my camera knowing that crazy cat would stay by the door, hoping I would change my mind. The memory chip had been taken out of the camera and the batteries were dead. I took my time assembling the camera, still assured that crazy cat would stay by the door.
So desperate to go outside, she remained at her post while I took the pics and typed these words.
Yet for her safety and health I wouldn't open that door. Not today. No matter how much she begs.
During this drama, God reminded me of the many times I have prayed desperately for something. I hold my vigil, praying for days, or at least minutes.
Thank God He gave me more ability to reason than my cat, because after a while, I usually realize God is lovingly telling me "No", or "Wait," for those particular requests and that He is doing it to protect me or for my well being.
As I sit here typing this post, several recent and past prayer requests have popped in my mind, and I realize, yes, God's answer was best and right.
This is not to say God always says no. As a matter of fact, I had a huge technical problem with my website. Seemingly unsolvable. God walked with me through the process to resolve the issue. As of today the problem is fixed. I didn't deserve it. God says yes often, even when we forget to ask.
Therefore, publicly I say, Thank you God! for helping me with the technical problems on this website.
Friend, can you remember a time when God said no, and you later realized it was really the best choice after all?