When I was growing up, I learned a phrase that described the way God answers prayer: “No, Go, Slow.” That phrase hit home when I prayed for a new job.
My first job out of college was in a business office of a professional theater. I enjoyed it for several years. But as I got more serious about my faith, I realized that it wasn’t where I wanted to be. I didn’t do anything that had any eternal value.
I started praying for a new job. I thought I found the perfect one. I began to make plans to take the job when God slammed the door shut. I was devastated. How could He say “No”?
Eventually, I got another job that was perfect for me. I stayed there for 18 years. I now know why God said “No” to the other job. He had something better in mind and He knew what was best for me.
When God Says “No”
We all know how to glean ideas from a “Go” answer to prayer. God works through circumstances to give us what we need. We see His power and we learn to trust Him more. We even learn things from a “Slow” answer to prayer. We learn patience and, again, trust.
But what about those times when God says “No”? Have you ever looked for ideas in those experiences?
What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about faith, trust and God’s sovereignty? Do you really believe that God knows what’s best for you?
God can teach you and mold you in ways you never imagined through His “No” answers to prayer. There are buried treasures in those experiences—treasures that you can share with your readers.
How can you share your insights in a personal experience piece? What steps to trusting God can you share with your readers in a how-to article? How can you use your experience in a meditation/devotional? In fiction? In poetry? What kind of children’s story can you write to teach children that God sometimes says “No”?
Writing ideas don’t always come from times when God answers our prayers the way we want Him to. Sometimes, it takes a “No.”
© Deborah Christensen