This is the second book in the Warrior Women Series. It is a collection of stories from women of all ages and walks of life who acknowledge the importance of prayer working in their daily lives. Photographs of women dressed as warriors add to the uniqueness of this series.
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Something Smells Good in the Oven
By Judith Victoria Hensley
Nothing smells better in a home than the evidence that someone has been busy baking. The person who comes in and sits down at Mom or Grandmother’s tables and automatically gets fed a scrumptious meal probably doesn’t think about all of the preparation that goes into it.
When someone walks in the door and asks “What’s cooking? Something smells delicious!” they know the meal is close to being completed. The smell gives it away.
A friend recently compared answered prayers to making a pie. There are a lot of steps in a homemade pie. The crust has to be made first, and then the contents prepared. The filling of a pie can be very time consuming or very simple. From chicken pot pie to pecan pie, the ingredients in the middle take some preparation.
The answers to our prayers are like that. We have to invest some time in praying and seeking God’s answer. We may need to do some preparation on our end also in order to be ready to accept God’s answer. On His end, there are many factors or ingredients that may be necessary to bring a specific answer for a prayer to pass. Some people give up and move on if the answer doesn’t come immediately. Impatience will cause a person to give up prematurely before the answers to prayer become evident.
When we pray, we may not see what all goes on in preparation before our pie goes in the oven. Even then the oven must be set at the right temperature and the pie has to remain in the baking stage for the right amount of time before it is edible. If it is taken out too soon, there is nothing more disappointing than a raw inedible pie. If it stays too long, there is nothing good about burnt pie. A seasoned baker knows exactly how long the pie has to stay in the heat and exactly the right temperature to produce a culinary masterpiece.
Hebrews 11:1 says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Shouldn’t our faith in God be that simple? If we have faith that God will answer a prayer request we have brought to Him and wait for the process to be complete, the answer will come in due season. Our faith is like being able to smell the pie before we see it. We know that by the time we can smell it, it is almost finished. When God brings our pie (answered prayer) out of the oven, it will be perfect.
I can’t think of anyone that enjoys waiting, unless we know the exact time the waiting will be completed and we get what we want. Some people wait better than others. Consider a doctor’s office waiting room, for example. Some people read, while others watch TV or listen to the music. Some are perfectly content to talk to strangers. Others sit there and moan or huff and puff to let everyone else know how miserable they are.
Waiting on answered prayers is pretty much the same way. Some people whine and complain that they are still waiting. Some people go about their daily business until the answer comes. And some people praise the Lord ahead of time for answered prayers.
If we’ve been waiting for God to answer a prayer, consider if He’s given us instructions to follow in the waiting time. We must be faithful in both the praying, the waiting, and the praising. We can do what we know to do in the meanwhile. Waiting time always passes more quickly when we are doing something productive during the wait.
Throughout the Bible there are amazing stories of fascinating characters. Script writers and their imaginations can’t begin to match the real people and their life stories recorded in the Bible. The unglamorous part of those lives is usually the season where they were required to wait.
Strength of character is developed while we are waiting. Wisdom is gained while we wait. God is equipping us to be able to receive the answer to our prayers when they come. In the wait, our faith is established. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
If we’ve been waiting a long time, there is a temptation to give up. We grow weary and begin to feel that either God hasn’t heard us, isn’t going to answer us, or has forgotten us. Hope deferred makes the heart sick.
The toughest part of waiting on an answered prayer is in the silence while our unseen answer is on the way. There is an appointed time for answered prayers to be unveiled in our lives. From the first moment we, as children of God, whisper a prayer, it is heard and things are set in motion. Sometimes the answer is an immediate, “No,” because we’ve asked for something amiss or selfish. Sometimes it is an immediate, “Yes!” Most of the time, even our “Yes,” means we will have to wait for it.
We can smell a pie in the oven that is almost complete. The aroma fills a house with the promise of something good to eat. We have faith in the one who created it that they used all the right ingredients and are in control of the timer to bring the pie out of the oven when it’s done. Our faith in God should be the same.
Don’t give up! The answers to situations we’ve prayed about are on the way and are closer than they were yesterday! We only need to hang on a little longer. We do not know what another day will bring forth or what answered prayers will be in it. We can praise God during the wait, knowing that His answers come from His great love for us.