You know, this is an easy verse to read and say, “Sure, I believe. I know He is in control, He is in charge and because of this all will be OK.” So, I pray. I wait. I pray more and pour out my heart to Him…waiting for the answer that I know is coming. I don’t know about you, but too often when I do this, my OK usually means that I have an answer in mind. Do you see where I am going? Think there might be a problem here?!? 🙂 I believe that the answer to my prayer will be X…or Y…or Z. Truth be told…I probably don’t believe the answer should be X…or Y…or Z, all to often, I KNOW the answer should be…blah, blah, blah. Who do I think I am???? But what if His answer is NO. Or wait. Not now, not next week…maybe NEVER. How do I react to THAT answer? What do I do then?
There have been times in my life when I prayed that the Lord would work one way or another…Lord, please give us more children…he said OK, then took them home to Him very quickly. It took me several years to come to grips with that situation, accept it and learn to be content.
Recently, my husband and I were discussing a particular family situation involving our parents. I said that I pray the Lord will just take them home before they get worse or too bad or…whatever. My husband pointed out that we don’t always get that. He pointed out that the Lord has a plan.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
I am going to have to learn to accept this…His ways are NOT my ways. He has a plan I do NOT see. He knows, I do NOT. Yet, it is hard to accept. Max Lucado wrote a great devotional on being content when the answer is NO. You can read it HERE and it is well worth the time.
It is easy, in this life, to ask WHY? But I do not see the ending…question is: can I learn to be content?
Yesterday I closed with this quote from Mother Teresa and it seems fitting today:
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
Lord, please help me to be content and be willing to accept whatever your will may be, in the situations that are in front of me. Help me to be patient. Help me to control my tongue when my emotions get in the way. Above all, Lord, please help me remember that YOU are in control, YOU have a plan…the outcome is in YOUR hands and to remember all that YOU have done for me. Lord, please help me to put myself in YOUR hands, at YOUR disposition and listen to YOUR voice in the depth of my heart.
Friends, once again…I thank you, for reading, commenting or not, praying with me and encouraging me. You TRULY are blessings in my life. I hope you have a blessed day!
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