I heard Garth Brook’s Unanswered prayer song for the first time, yesterday. I was never a big fan of country music, but after flipping through some stations and landing on that song, man oh man, it made me appreciate the beauty of story telling in a tune. Because most songs that are on the radio have a not so clean message I assumed this one would be the same; I was dead wrong.
Here’s the first part of the song:
Just the other night at a hometown football game
My wife and I ran into my old high school flame
And as I introduced them the past came back to me
And I couldn’t help but think of the way things used to be
She was the one that I’d wanted for all times
And each night I’d spend prayin’ that God would make her mine
And if he’d only grant me this wish I wished back then
I’d never ask for anything again
At this point I’m assuming he’s going to leave his wife or cheat. NO! He begins to thank God for unanswered prayers. How beautiful is that?
The rest of his song:
Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
She wasn’t quite the angel that I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too it seemed
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn’t much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what he’s doin’ after all
And as she walked away and I looked at my wife
And then and there I thankedd the good Lord
For the gifts in my life
In the moment it’s difficult to understand why things aren’t going the way you hoped or planned, but when you’re on the other side and have the ability to look back, it’s clear.
God knows what’s best for us; He sees the bigger picture. Through an account of my own life, I know how faithful He is. Hearing this song did something to me. It moved me. It encouraged me to keep trusting in Christ. Although there are distractions and temptations on my path; and, even if I can’t see the light on the other side, I know it’s there. I know my Father is waiting for me with open arms.