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Consider the Lilies

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Matthew 6:28 (Amplified Bible)

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [a]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

During my devotions on Saturday, I was reading from Streams in the Desert which included the above Bible verse, as well as a story and poem about taking our needs to God in prayer. The poem by an anonymous author reads as follows:

Yes, leave it with Him,
The lilies all do,
And they grow–
They grow in the rain,
And they grow in the, dew–
Yes, they grow:
They grow in the darkness, all hid in the night–
They grow in the sunshine, revealed by the light–

Still they grow.
Yes, leave it with Him
‘Tis more dear to His heart,
You will know,
Than the lilies that bloom,
Or the flowers that start
‘Neath the snow:
Whatever you need, if you seek it in prayer,
You can leave it with Him–for you are His care.
You, you know.

I feel like perhaps I have written before about this subject before. I know it is a subject that I am reminded of often as I do my devotions, listen to or read teachings of others. The reminders come from so many sources, that I know He is still working on me in this issue.  Whatever we need, we can just leave it with the Lord, seek what we need in prayer.   Note that the key word is “NEED”.

I have prayed for things I WANT or think I NEED and wondered why my requests seem to be ignored or why I hear a resounding No when a door is closed to me.  Is God ignoring my requests?  Does He not care about the things I want and think I need in my life to make it better? Yes He does care about what I want and is not ignoring me; however, my wants and desires may not be what He feels I need at this time.  He has something much better in His plan for me.

I find that to be a very difficult concept to grasp onto at times.  Logically, it is a simple concept–He wants what is best for me .BUT……I am human of course.  What about the wants I have? Are they bad things? Probably not.  Are they things I need I really need in order to live a fuller life, to be happier in my life? Again, probably not.  Perhaps some of those “want or desires” are in God’s plan for me, but at a different time, or perhaps not. Only the future will answer that question.

In the meantime, God has other lessons for me to learn, other plans in the present to bring me into a closer relationship with Him; to fulfill other things that He sees as being true necessities to bring me to a richer, fuller life.  For that, I am very grateful and I praise Him.  As it is so clearly stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

As I do that I must also learn patience–lovely word, lovely value, but so difficult to have so many times!  God will reveal His plans for me in His good and perfect timing and I know it will be infinitely better than anything I could ever imagine or hope for. As the lilies grow so beautifully under God’s care, so will I and so will all of us.

Thanks for listening dear friends.  I hope your day is filled with many wonderful blessings!

“Yes, I thought you’d never ask!”

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1 John 5:14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Have you ever wondered, as I have, if God hears our prayers?  Have you pondered why He seems to take so long to answer them or if he will ever answer them?  Do you think about why He says no and why he says yes sometimes?  Or do you, as I do, go about your own business, hoping for things, wishing for things but never taking that simple step of asking the Lord in prayer until we try other options first? 

I have been learning–if you need something, take it to God first!  He will always answer our prayers in one way or another–yes really!  Sometimes he says No and sometimes Not Yet.  He will tell us He has something better in mind for us and make us wait for that something better as he teaches us patience and many other lessons.  And then there are those times when He says Yes; sometimes with the added phrase I thought you’d never ask! or what  took you so long to ask?  I’ve been waiting for you.  

Like everyone else, I have experienced every one of those answers so many times.  I have wasted so much time waiting for other options before I have just given it over to God.  I’m learning, I hope! 

This week I had one of those “I thought you’d never ask”  responses from God.   He answered so quickly when I finally asked that it caught me off guard!  I never expected an answer quite so quickly as I received it–silly me. 

For some years I have dealt with progressive osteoarthritis in my left knee and from time to time had injections to relieve the pain and swelling and keep the knee working as well as possible; however, it has finally gotten to a point where it causes constant pain, gotten harder to walk very far, stand for very long and now I cannot straighten the leg out totally.  I just completed another round of injections to my knee but unfortunately, as the doctor predicted, it gave me very little relief for a very short time only and we discussed knee replacement surgery.  On Monday, he made the referral to the surgeon.  I immediately prayed that I would get to see the surgeon quickly and that he would be able to schedule the surgery reasonably quickly  as well.  My goodness!  My prayer was answered much more quickly than I ever thought possible!  I saw the surgeon on Wednesday and yesterday-the very next day, his office called to tell me they could do the surgery on March 13th-only 3 weeks away!  Thank you God! 

What a great and wonderful answer to prayer.  My desire was to get this surgery done and start on the road to recovery. Like anyone contemplating a major surgery, I am apprehensive and yes, more than a bit scared.  I know it will be a painful process.  However, I also know that God will be there with me every step of the way, giving the doctors wisdom, guiding their hands and keeping me as calm as possible, giving me the strength to go through the procedure and the recovery and rehabilitation following it. 

What a great Father we have in heaven!  I thank you God for loving me, for loving all of us.   To my friends and acquaintances who read this, I encourage you to take your requests to God in prayer first before anything else.  Ask Him to guide you, to care for you, and ask Him into your heart.  He wants to be our best friend and he is indeed that, if we only ask Him.   He DOES hear our prayers! 

I ask you if I may, to include me in your prayers, praying for wisdom for the doctors and for a safe surgery and recovery for me.   God bless you all.