My nature is to jump in and get things done. Whether we are talking at school, at church, or at home, I roll up my sleeves and get to work. I’m also good at helping others find something to do to move forward… great help in the teaching profession. The down side to my nature is the frustration that builds when others aren’t doing their jobs, not lending a helping hand, or doing things in a way different that I think they should.
One part of me would like to tell God how to do things and how to fix situations in the way I want. The other part of me prevails with greater wisdom- the part that knows my finite understanding doesn’t see the whole picture or plan.
God has been at work teaching me much over the past few months. He has been showing me how to walk on in faith regardless of the situations around me. He has been asking me to trust him at a higher level than ever before. He has been teaching me how to stand strong on his Word and how to call out his promises. Most of all, he has been molding my heart to be more Christ-like. As I read this morning of the moments my Jesus spent in prayer in the garden the night of his arrest, I heard the Spirit call out to my heart to speak the words of Jesus-
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
I look around at the paths others are walking- cancer, dying loved ones, relationships problems, etc.- and see many who I’m sure would choose another path if they could. Yes, I realize some walk the consequences of previous choices bus some have been handed a lot in life that came unexpected. Yet whether the struggles we go through are brought on by us or not, God still wants to hear us say- ‘not my will but yours be done’. When we can do that no matter what is going on, we become more Christ-like, our faith is strengthened, and peace reigns. So help me today, Lord, to not just utter the words but to live them-