Recently, Hawaii escaped a potentially devastating tsunami. We had all been waiting and watching, and when it didn't happen as expected, I think a whole lot of us immediately thought that God had answered our prayers.
I thought that also, and yet there was a question in my mind. A couple of days previously, I'd had coffee with a friend of mine, and she'd commented that it bugged her when people said, "Oh, God answered our prayers," because then what did it say about the other prayers that weren't answered? Did that mean that Terry Probyn's prayers for her daughter, Jaycee, were better somehow than my prayers for Michaela?
So immediately after I thought how good it was God had answered our prayers for Hawaii, I had to stop and think about the victims of the earthquake, the original disaster. So okay, we didn't know the earthquake was coming so we couldn't pray for it not to. But how about the devastation that happened in New Orleans a few years ago? We all knew that was coming. I'm sure there were plenty of people praying for it to be averted, and yet it wasn't. An entire city was destroyed, and many lives will probably never be the same.
So what do you think?