What God has prepared ​for those who love him (1 Cor 2:9)

"What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared ​for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9

A friend of mine cited this to me today. He's from a small minority hear where I live and almost everyone in his people group is polytheistic and worships trees, rocks, mountains, etc... All that to say, he is one of the few believers from the town he grew up in. In fact now he is in full time ministry working with athletes - he's incredibly gifted and by far my favorite person whom we support to be in ministry just because he's so good at what he does.

Anyhow. He cited this to me today in relation to a few things. First of all, in swapping prayer requests I told him life is just going really stinking well for me. I'm doing well, I'm happy, my family is healthy, my wife is doing well 3 months into pregnancy with our second kid, ministry is great, etc... He was excited for me and had similar sentiment.

His one problem though is his burden for his parents - neither of whom know the Lord. He recently found out his mother has gallstones and is unsure what to do about it. It's not one or two big stones but many many small ones. She's in a lot of pain and he was asking for prayer for her. He told me he's praying for her but he feels like the Lord is going to use this in her life. He says one of his good friends also felt like he heard something along these lines from the Lord about his mom. He hopes this means this might lead her to the Lord.

Then he quoted this verse. His bus pulled up right as we were finishing the conversation and he yelled the verse to me as he jumped aboard. But his meaning was clear. We love the Lord, look at how the Lord has blessed us, and how he'll continue to bless us in the future hopefully by leading his mother to Jesus.

He doesn't know for sure that his mom will believe, what he does know is that God has something prepared for those who love Him. And he loves Him.