But, I am keenly aware, that what really is going to be a testimony of our faith is not when are prayers are being answered in the ways that we want them to be. We will praise Him even when his answers to our prayers are not what we had expected. To praise God for answering our prayers OUR way and not HIS way is no faith at all.
We lost a child 5 years ago. Did God not answer our prayers then? Didn't enough people pray? Never once did we God let us forget that He was answering our prayers in His time, through His divine perspective of what was best. And we have had many opportunities to share our faith in the tough times over the years. And through Elijah's story, we have been given the opportunity to wear our testimony on our sleeve...it is out there in the open, and we pray that we won't miss an opportunity to share our faith--not just when God is doing what we want Him to...that would be such a tragedy.
I believe that through it all, the assurance of Romans 8:28 is our stronghold. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Our prayer would be that our faith would shine through when it appears to others that our prayers are not being answered. God is good...so much better than good..all the time.