Last week we visited “The Lost Sea” in Sweetwater, TN (http://thelostsea.com/). The tour guide told us some of the history and said it was actually discovered by a boy many years before it was made into a tourist attraction. The story goes like this:
“The Lost Sea itself was discovered in 1905 by Ben Sands, a thirteen year old boy who wiggled through a small muddy opening 300 feet underground and found himself in a room that contained a huge lake. He threw mudballs far into the darkness to try to determine its size, but only heard splashes in response.” (https://whitestoneinn.com/things-didnt-know-lost-sea-sweetwater-tn/)
What is interesting to me, is that the town was in the middle of a drought when the boy discovered the water. The guide said that nobody, not even his family, believed the boy at the time. This underground water wasn’t discovered again until many years later. I thought, “Wow. The people were in a drought and didn’t even know that a massive amount of clean water was there at their fingertips!” That reminded me of the importance to not only pray for answers, but to be in tune enough to receive those answers. I am sure the people in the town were praying for water. Unfortunately, they were probably expecting the water to come from the only place they could mentally conceive it to come from– rain. God has a way of showing up in ways that we can’t even imagine. Our only responsibility is to have faith (believe) enough to receive our answers.
7 Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Our answers may not come in the form we expect. The answers may even take some time to show up. Don’t lose faith. It’s important that we don’t try to “rush” the answers either. We just get in the way of the perfect answer. God is working on your requests. Stay in tune with His Spirit, and you will know when to listen, even if you have to go into a small muddy opening to find it.