I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.
Psalm 35:18 (NKJV)
She was proud of her son—and she should be. Matthew had graduated from college and done well. She had seen a lot of changes in him over the four years … from a freshman who liked hanging out with friends too much and too long, letting schoolwork slide until it was too late for a good grade … to a senior who got the job done, knew when to close the door, put his head down and study. He’d met the love of his life and was getting married. Next step: a job. That shouldn’t be hard with his work ethic and the way his grades had gone steadily up and up over the four years, right?
But it was hard. Week after week after week my friend came to Moms in Prayer and asked God to give Matthew a job. The asking turned to downright begging, as opportunity after opportunity always went to the “other guy.” But she kept coming. We kept praying … while month after weary month, Matthew looked for work, but never landed a job. Not even this long delay stopped his mom from her faithful prayers, because she knew there was nowhere else to go except to the God she loved and who loved her son.
Other college graduates were getting jobs, and the Thanksgiving portion of our Moms in Prayer hour was filled with rejoicings—but not for her son. Still, my friend kept coming. She rejoiced and thanked God for the good news of other moms, and she waited. All. Year. Long. She waited.
Sometime in April, my friend quietly entered my home for our Moms in Prayer meeting. She followed our format, praising God first and silently confessing. But when I led us into Thanksgiving, she couldn’t wait to joyfully pray, “Thank You, God, for the excellent job you gave Matthew this week! Lord, he is so excited to see how well this position fits him. Thank You for a good starting salary. Thank You for room for advancement. Thank You.”
The room erupted in shouts of thanksgiving and praise to our good and giving God. Around the room went the tissue box as we laughed and cried and thanked Him for the answer to this long, long season of waiting. How sweet it was to share in her joy! We felt as if we were giving birth after hard labor to a new and beautiful beginning for Matthew. I can still “feel” the joy of that meeting like it was yesterday! And to this day, ten years later, Matthew is still employed at this company and doing well.
Yes, God’s answer was delayed, but He gave Matthew the perfect job in His perfect time. Our whole group experienced the fruit of that season of prayer. We saw the faithfulness in Matthew’s mama, who came and prayed anyway, through 52 seemingly endless weeks of waiting.
Does God have you in a season of waiting? Do you find yourself thanking Him for others’ answers while still waiting for your own? Trust Him—and don’t give up. The answer will come, and the rejoicing in your group will be great.
The Bible teaches us to thank God together. “I will give you thanks in the great assembly,” the psalmist says. Rejoice during the times of thanksgiving in your Moms in Prayer hour. Give thanks in the assembly of your group. Celebrating His answers with others doubles the JOY!
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Sharon Gamble, Moms in Prayer USA National Director, resides in Dover, New Hampshire, and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Ray, since 1979. She has two wonderful daughters, two great sons-in-law and four precious grandchildren. She loves biking with Ray, walking in all kinds of weather and curling up with a good book by her fireplace.
Be encouraged through Sharon’s weekly devotion, Monday Love