You’ve been praying for this. You’ve been asking God for something specific. Maybe it’s that one phone call from the man you love that says “pack your bags, I got the call, I’m going to the Big Leagues!” Maybe it’s the call that says, “we did babe, no more Indy Ball, an affiliated team just signed me!” Maybe it’s the question you never thought he’d ask, “will you marry me?” Maybe it’s finally seeing those two pink lines clear as day that say “you’re going to be a mom!” Or is it the promotion at work or the opportunity to serve that you’ve been waiting and working for, finally being offered?
Whatever it is, you’ve been praying for it. You’ve prayed patiently and faithfully. You’ve given it all to God and asked Him to do His will in it, hoping His will would align with your hopes. You’ve envisioned a future, and you pray every single day for it to become your reality. After all, you know God answers prayers.
And then He does. He answers that prayer you’ve prayed for so long. For your teammate. For your best friend. For your siblings. For your co-worker. But not yours, not yet. It’s not your time.
Baseball life comes with a lot of waiting for that one call, that one answered prayer. And in the waiting, it seems like everyone around us is having their own prayers answered. It’s so easy to question, “When is it my turn?”
But maybe that’s not the question we should be asking. Maybe the question is, “What do we do while we wait?” The answer can be found in scripture:
Stay patient. Psalm 27:14
God commands us all over scripture to be strong and courageous. In Psalms, His Word reminds us that patience is part of that. While we wait, we mature, and we trust in His perfect timing. While we wait, we are obedient.
Keep praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Don’t give up. God’s Word tells us to “pray without ceasing” because He wants us to draw near to Him in our needs and desires. He wants our relationship to grow with Him while we wait.
Seek His will. Ephesians 5:17
Understanding what God’s will is helps us understand His timing. Knowing that our prayers not being answered on our terms is not indicative of a God who does not love us, but testimony of a God who loves us beyond measure.
Know there is purpose. Romans 8:28
God is working all things together for good, and so, we let Him work and believe there is
purpose in the way He chooses to answer every one’s prayers, not just our own.
Praise Him. Job 1:20-22
If you don’t know the story of Job, I highly suggest reading it. Then choose to praise the way he did. Praising God when we don’t feel we have much or anything to praise Him for reminds us who He is. It is so important to remember exactly who God is in our lives, and to be able to praise Him with or without answered prayers.
Do not envy. James 3:16
Our motives should never be of “selfish ambition”. When someone else gets what we want, this is the reality check and heart check we need to be sure we are serving God and not ourselves in our desires. It is quite simple really, do not envy because His Word tells us not to.
Be filled with joy. John 3:29
John recognized that Jesus' success was more important than his own. He was filled with joy because he was able to witness God at work. We get to witness God at work when we see Him fulfill His promises, even if it’s to those around us. We can be filled with joy, and hope, knowing that His purpose is bigger than our own success.