Maybe God’s “No” Actually Means “Later”


We plead to God…

“Lord, give me this desire!”

His response {most often} fails our instantaneous expectations.

Do we assume… His answer is “no”.

When maybe…

His answer is “yes”… but “later”.

Do we trust his word…

{Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.}?

Is it possible?

God loves us… More than we love ourselves.

Could it be…

He longs to teach us… To grow us… To mature our reliance on Him?

Could it be…

His timing is perfect?

Could it be…

We’re accustomed to having our way… Right away?

I’ve always desired to have a little girl.

A daughter to love…

And to love me back.

A daughter to establish the mother/ daughter bond…

I’ve yearned for so long.

Three pregnancies…

Three times… {It’s a boy!}.

I trusted in God’s sovereignty.

I was filled with complete gratitude…

And ultimate joy for the gift of my three adorable and sweet boys’.

Three was our “final” number. {or so we thought}

Yet… The desire to have a daughter was relentless.

I prayed… “God please take this desire away.”

The desire remained… And continued to grow stronger.

I recall praying… “Lord, if you want me to have a little girl… Your going to have to put her on our front door step.”

Soon after… A pregnancy test revealed… “You are pregnant.”

Nine exhausting and nauseating months later.

We received the blessing of a {perfect} and {healthy} baby girl.

Today… This {little girl} fell asleep in the car on the way home.

My five year old boy,

Genuinely hugged… Gently kissed… Softly rubbed her little forehead as we carried her to bed.

As tears dripped from my eyes…

I thought to myself…

“This is why… God said…”No, not yet.”

His answer was never “no”… but… “later”.

His answer was… “Yes… Give me time… Can you… Will you… {trust me}?…

I have a plan more {beautiful} than you can imagine.”

The mental picture of my rough and tumble boys so tenderly {loving} on their baby sister…

Is precious… And was {absolutely} worth the wait.

These three big brothers…

Protect their Baby sister… Play with her… Tickle her… And {literally} treat her like a princess.

These three {rowdy} boys have been given an awesome opportunity…

To learn to love God’s gentler spirit.

To learn early in life to protect… care… love and appreciate the beauty of a woman.

This little girl… Will never have to wonder…

“Am I loved?”

She is showered with affection.

She will know the love of a Godly daddy…

The love of three brothers who adore the {princess} pink ground… She walks on.

God’s plan… His beauty… His “later”…

Has proven more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.

Friends… Can you think of a time, when You thought God’s answer was “no” and you found out later His answer was actually “later”?

Published by Crystal Ridlon

I love God, my husband was my high school sweet heart, and still is today. I'm a proud mother of the four most wonderful, sweetest, and cutest kids in the world! In addition, I am a mental health counselor. I love to write! I write from the most honest places within my heart and pray my experiences are able to help and encourage others on their journey through life.

12 thoughts on “Maybe God’s “No” Actually Means “Later”

  1. Yes. I’ve past the age to have kids so that’s out of the question. Now I wonder if marriage is even in the cards. I really don’t know if it will happen for me. I hope so, (and praying), but I don’t feel entitled. I keep my perspective by not feeling that God is obligated to answer with a yes.

    1. Your outlook is amazing! I’m so glad you are honoring him the way you are through your blogs. I pray God will reveal his “later” to you in the right time. Blessings!

  2. “Three brothers who adore the {princess} pink ground she walks on…” what a priceless description. I love it. That’s one fortunate little lady you have there!

  3. Yes, no, later, something better…God’s timing and perfect answers to prayer are always better than we could ever imagine. He knows what’s best for us. I love your story. Your daughter was God’s yes, but later. I’ve grown to trust God more over the years and am now here: “God opens doors that no man can shut, and closes doors that no man can open”. Yes, no, later :-). Thank you for stopping by my blog!!!

  4. I love this post…I’m going to forward it to a friend…

    I thought this was our story at the ‘wanting a girl and having a boy” part!! We tried to have a child for ten years. I had two brothers…I wanted a girl!! ‘Til about my fifth month of pregnancy…when God said, It’s going to be a boy!” He’s almost 23 now…my gift from God!!

    Thank you for sharing your story!! God Bless!!

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