Be careful what you pray for.
It is not that I don’t want my prayers answered. However, I’d rather not have a heart attack in the process. Sometimes we are forced to face our fears when we receive the very things we ask God for.
My husband and I have encouraged Lan to learn his way around Orlando and become familiar with his surroundings. A couple of weeks ago he ventured out to the movies. He went bowling as well. We were happy to see him making his way around his community and finding things to do.
A week later, my husband called to see how he was doing.
Lan was doing great.
He was at Disney World!
Now, I’m thinking he went as part of a school activity or with a group of friends.
Lan got bored and decided to take Uber to The Magic Kingdom.
I prayed for Lan to become independent and confident. I’ve asked for this as long as I can remember. However, I was not anticipating such an expensive excursion!
Once I got over the initial shock, I began to worry. My mind was quickly into overdrive, thinking about everything that could go wrong.
He could lose his debit card.
He could lose his wallet.
He could lose his phone.
What if someone tried to abduct him?
Though at nearly six feet, four and over two-hundred pounds, that one may be far-fetched.
Just this summer, the thought of Lan wandering around Disney alone terrified me. Now, he is exploring on his own without busybody parents!
Thankfully, all ended well.
If the photos on his FB feed are any indication, freedom feels great!
It only took Lan two months to make his way to the House of Mouse, easily his favorite place in the world. One family member commented she was surprised it took him that long to get there!
In the grand scheme of things, it didn’t take God long to bring the once shy kid out of his shell and equip him to maneuver the world without someone always at his side.
It probably took me way too long to view Lan as an adult and acknowledge that he can exercise those skills we so doggedly drilled into him.
Some people are goal oriented, and I suspect Lan achieved one of his that week.
What could be better than alone in the House of Mouse, free to enjoy it on his own terms?
This smile is a smile of growth, independence, and someone hopeful for the future.
Our prayers are rarely answered the way we expect, but the reward is no less when God does it His way.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much
James 5:16 NKJV