Today I started to reflect about baking my favorite pumpkin bread and how nice the house smells of fresh baked pumpkin bread. The loaf pans were ready to be placed in the oven to bake. I slid the pumpkin bread in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for the next hour and a half.
Everything was ready, yet today as I thought about it, a heavy sigh escaped from my lips. I remembered a situation that was troubling me. I remembered a Sunday school teacher in church who once said, start a prayer journal for yourself and others. Write the prayer requests down and when the prayers are answered whether today, tomorrow or years from now, go back and write it next to the prayer requests, You will notice that you have more prayers answered than not answered.
Today I picked up a brand new notebook and started to write as I sat at the kitchen table a letter to God. I wrote about what was on my mind and the hurt that I felt.
Before long the timer on the oven went off and the sweet smell of pumpkin bread filled the air. The biggest surprise of all was that after writing what was on my heart, I was not feeling troubled. I felt that the same way I prepared the pumpkin bread and placed it in the hot oven to bake on a set timer that only I knew when it would go off, in the same way God works in our life.
We have concerns in our lives and sometimes we feel our prayers go unanswered, but the reality is that God is the baker and He knows when the timer is supposed to go off for that problem to be resolved. Things may not be answered in our time, but if we write them in our prayer journal and pray over the journal, the Lord will know when it is the right timing to answer them, our job is to trust that the Baker knows when the timer should go off.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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