"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. " Proverbs 13:12
My husband and I were talking the other night while we watched a dvd series we had bought on the book of Daniel from JVI Ministries and it got us talking about blessings asked for and blessings received without asking.
We have each gone through periods in our life where we've begged & pleaded with God for the 'desires of our hearts'. So often, when we as people, are earnestly desiring something that may not be in line with God's will, we often hear His answers as "No" because we don't see results right away. What we are really missing is that still small voice saying "Patience".
Strangely enough, when the begging & pleading stops, and we open our hearts, it seems God takes that moment to say "now that you're listening, let me show you what I have for you, its so much better than what you thought you wanted." And it is! God knows our heart's desires even better than we do. But sometimes we're so concentrated on the thing we think we want, we may never open up our heart's to see what He's got in store for us.
So, my husband and I came to this conclusion that God had indeed granted us our heart's desire, once we stopped seeking for what we thought we wanted. But with this thought, we also concluded that now that He has blessed us so richly, being thankful isn't enough. How can we give back to God in appreciation for the blessings he's granted us? It has started the thought process and we're certain it will be a new challenge or goal in our lives.