Friday, August 13, 2010
When Prayers Are Answered Differently Than We Hoped
Today was tough. A friend of mine was sentenced to, and began serving a one year sentence in prison. It's a long story. And, really I don't feel it's my place to share all the details. She made a mistake. She knows she did. And she regrets it.
The really hard part is that she has 2 small children. Now they will be shuttled between their daddy and both sets of grandparents. I had the children today as my friend went in for her final court date. We all knew that when she said good-bye to them at my house she might be saying good-bye for quite awhile.
We were all hoping that the judge would show her mercy and have her serve her sentence under house arrest. But, he didn't. She will serve her sentence in the county prison with no parole, no early release for good behavior. The blessing here is that at least he didn't send her to the state penitentiary.
I've been praying over this whole situation for months and months. And, I have to admit, I felt a sense of defeat and despair when I got the call from her mom letting me know what the judge ruled. But, these are the verses that have been going through my mind today, speaking peace.
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." Psalms 37: 5-7
"Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love!"
Psalms 36: 5-7
I know that God continues to work out his plan and purpose in my friend's life and in the lives of her children. I know that He is the Author of Life. I know that He is with her.
I don't know why today worked out the way it did. But I do know that God heard all of our prayers and that He is in control.
And so, I continue to pray.