I prayed for one of my daughters for several years, pleading with God to guide and direct her.
Through prayer and fasting, God led me to Isaiah 42:16, which says, “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. … These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.”
I claimed this promise for my daughter again and again. But I saw no change in her heart.
One morning before sunrise, I woke up feeling utterly abandoned by God. I questioned whether He was hearing my prayers. I opened the porch door and walked a few steps to my usual devotional spot, a scenic location that faces the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful view of a lighthouse.
But on this morning I could not see the lighthouse or the ocean. As I started to pray, I noticed that the morning fog was so thick that I could not see beyond the place where I was sitting.
As I prayed for my daughter, the sun began to rise and its rays shone through the fog. Slowly, I began to see the outline of the lighthouse on the horizon. In just a short period of time I was able to see everything around me clearly.
At that moment, it struck me that I had just witnessed a metaphor for prayer. The lighthouse and ocean had always been there, but I couldn’t see them because of the fog. Yet the moment the sun came out, I was able to see beyond my immediate vicinity.
The same is true of prayer. When we don’t see a change in the person whom we are praying for, it does not mean that God is not at work. Psalms 77:19 says, “Your way was in the sea, Your path was in the great waters, but your footsteps were not known.”
Little did I know that God had already begun answering my prayer. Even though I could not see His hand, the supplications that I was making in silence would one day be answered before my eyes.
Fourteen years have passed since I prayed on that foggy morning. Today, my daughter is a married woman who is seeking God’s will and has a passion for helping others. I praise God for encouraging me to keep praying through the fog.
Esther Zaiback, a mother and grandmother, lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she enjoys her grandchildren, gardening, and journaling.
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