“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3).
Taylor Ohlmann, like most people, has done a lot of waiting in her lifetime.
“There are so many seasons of waiting in life, like waiting for a job, a spouse, a house, a child, a friend to come to know the Lord or healing,” Ohlmann said. “We’ve all spent a time waiting and praying to God for something.”
Ohlmann, 25, said that sometimes it’s hard to trust that God hears her prayers. But Psalm 5:3 has reminded her time and again that the Lord listens to her prayers, and that although He does not always answer right away, it is good to wait in expectation that He will answer.
“This verse hit me in college,” Ohlmann said. “I love this verse because it has encouraged me that God is listening to me, no matter what I say.”
Ohlmann was struck by Psalm 5:3 while studying Priscilla Shirer’s “Discerning the Voice of God.”
“I’ve gone through it four times—once with a group in high school, twice with Bible studies I led in college and again by myself at the end of grad school,” Ohlmann said. “At the time, there were a lot of things I was praying for and seeking God’s will in, but I felt like I was just stuck waiting.”
Ohlmann said that this verse helped her shift from feeling stuck to finding purpose in seasons of waiting.
“We can honor God by waiting expectantly,” she said. “Often, it’s easier for me to obey by doing something than it is to wait, but a friend encouraged me that waiting is obeying, too. If He’s called you to wait, wait expectantly.”
Ohlmann, who is a member of Southeast Christian Church’s Southwest Campus, recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a master’s degree in education. She studied Spanish for several years, and while studying, prayed for opportunities to teach Spanish-speaking students.
Earlier this month, she started teaching third grade at Clear Creek Elementary in Shelbyville. She’s excited that many of her students are native Spanish speakers.
Ohlmann said that there are many prayers that have taken much longer than she expected to be answered. There are some prayers she has prayed for more than a decade.
“When I’m praying for something for a long time, it’s so important for me to remember the times God has been faithful and the times He has answered other prayers that I’ve prayed for years,” Ohlmann said. “I’ve been really encouraged by Mark Batterson’s book, ‘The Circle Maker.’ In it, he talks about the idea of being just one prayer away from the Lord’s answer.”
Ohlmann said that her family and friends have been a huge help in continuing to pray.
“If you’ve grown discouraged praying for the same thing over and over again, it’s so good to have friends to pray with you and for you,” she said. “If there’s a moment when I don’t have the energy to pray, I know there are other people who are faithfully praying alongside me. And I get to do the same for them.”
Ohlmann said that Psalm 5:3 has taught her a lot about God’s character.
“One of my favorite characteristics of God is how accessible He is,” Ohlmann said. “He never sleeps, and He is always there. If I’m up at 3 a.m. and can’t sleep, I can pray to God and He hears me. I also have to remind myself that He is sovereign and good, and that He cares about me. If He’s not answering a prayer right now, or if He never does, I can rest in knowing and trusting that it’s because He knows and wants what’s best for me. If the best thing for me is to wait, then I will wait and keep praying.”