Praying Is Something We Do In Our Time   Leave a comment

Praying is something we do in our time, the answers come in God’s time

Father Cavanaugh, in the movie Rudy

 I don’t know whether or not Father Cavanaugh ever said such a thing in real life, but in either case I’m very glad that line was in the movie, especially since I am very much not a patient person by nature.  It’s a movie that connects with me for obvious reasons.  Even after seeing it dozens of times, I still tear up during the scene where Rudy opens his acceptance letter from Notre Dame, just like I teared up when I received my own acceptance letter from Notre Dame on December 14, 1991.

 For those of us who pray, I think the line is a very important reminder regardless of how you feel about Rudy or Notre Dame.  It’s very easy to get discouraged when we pray for something and it doesn’t happen right away.  God has a bigger plan and sometimes those answers take weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

 Since this is MLK day, a good example to use is the fight for equality in this country.  A whole lot of people have been praying for generations for equality and fair treatment in this country.  Progress has never been as rapid as it should have been, but God has been busy changing the hearts that need to be changed to bring about the needed progress, and it is clear that more hearts still need to be changed.

 I think back on my own life where I have had to wait an awful long time for answers to prayers.  I prayed to God for a wife for years before my prayer was answered.  If my prayers had been answered any earlier, I wouldn’t have the wonderful wife I have today.  Sometimes the answers come in different forms than we are expecting.  I have been praying for years for a more satisfying job situation.  My assumption was that this was going to come in the form of a new job.  The jury is still out, but it’s possible that God’s answer is improving the situation at my current job.

 So every time I find myself in a situation where I am praying for something, I need to remind myself that the answers will come on God’s schedule and not my own.



Posted January 19, 2015 by Andrew Cabiness in Family, Notre Dame

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