Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain an understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” NIV
This verse is so interesting to me.
It speaks to God’s timing, which often differs from mine.
Daniel has been mourning, fasting and praying for three weeks. When the vision (a messenger from God) arrives, he notes that Daniel has been heard from the very beginning, “But I was waylaid,” the vision says in verse 13.
He was heard from the beginning … but the response did not come immediately.
I only have one sibling, and there are many years between us. I’m the oldest, so, for many years, I was an only child. My parents did their best not to spoil me, but, I believe that I must have at times been quite demanding, because a popular phrase in our house was, “Contrary to popular opinion, little girl, the world DOES NOT revolve around you.”
But, my world DID revolve around me, and, sometimes, I’m still guilty of having that perspective, especially when it comes to my relationship to God. How many times have I found myself in a complete mess and on my knees asking God to swiftly intervene and clean it up for me? God is not a genie in a bottle, and I am most certainly not Major Nelson. And, look how great that turned out. Every time Jeannie wiggled her nose to grant one of Major Nelson’s requests, something disastrous happened. Major Nelson didn’t have the whole picture … his world — in fact the whole show — revolved around him … his house, his job, his friends.
God is running the universe. And, at the same time, He knows me perfectly and loves me completely. But, He has the whole picture. I don’t. He hears me, but, when my requests run contrary to, or are ahead of, His plan … they will not be granted … at least not in the timeframe that I desire them — which is always NOW … preferably 10 minutes ago.
It is so comforting to read this verse … to read what I already have always known … God hears my prayers. He will respond.
In His perfect time.
That’s what I’ll think about today.