Whatever?

August 27, 2018

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to our worries and cares, I often wonder, is God is just waiting for us to get to the point sometimes? Perhaps his eyes don’t glaze over; but, perhaps, he would like us to move on, get to the point and be specific sometimes?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Whatever! It’s become a sort of iconic phrase in our society these days. I guess it’s kind of a “catch-all” when we’re too busy to get into the details. Recently I went to a local hardware store in search of one particular wood screw I needed for a fix-it project. I wandered around the store for a few minutes and was finally spied by a young clerk who asked me if I needed help. She offered to help and I explained in detail the particular screw I was looking for. Within a few moments we discovered that this wood screw was out-of-stock. It was the only screw I could use in this particular application and I really needed to find one. I felt motivated to give her an explanation of why none of the other screws in that aisle could help me. I began to describe how I was going to use that little screw when suddenly I saw her eyes glaze over with that “whatever” look. I knew that I had begun to outstay my welcome while overstating my story. 

 

When it comes to our worries and cares in life, I often wonder if God is just waiting for us, like that hardware store clerk, to get to the point sometimes. Sure, his eyes don’t glaze over; but, perhaps, he would like us to move on sometimes? 

 

Here’s a story: When Barbara Johnson discovered that her son Larry was homosexual, angry words were exchanged and her son left home, eventually changing his name, disowning the family, and disappearing into a gay lifestyle. She had already lost one son in Vietnam, and another in a drunk-driving accident; “I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.” She said. “I didn’t think there was any way I could possibly get through all the losses. It’s a monstrous myth that faith in God is an insurance policy against the blows of life. Tragedies happen every day and Christians are not immune. Barbara climbed in the car one day with suicide on her mind. “I couldn’t believe I had reached that point. ‘Lord,’ I said, ‘I can’t handle this anymore. If Larry never comes home again, whatever happens, I’m giving my son to You.’ “When I said, ‘Whatever, Lord,’ I felt a complete sense of relief; from then on the Lord gave me joy.” (, Phil Callaway. Laughing Matters.) 

 

When we relinquish our burdens to God, he offers us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of life. Not always in a limo, sometimes in a pickup truck, a bicycle, or even a wheelchair. No matter. The important thing is that God’s eyes never glaze over. He knows the point of our argument or request even before we start laying it out. In fact, he has a plan in mind prior to our need. The important thing is to become aware of God’s care for us in even the smallest ways so that we may have abundant joy. The Bible tells us that when we are surrounded by disappointment and sin there’s only one thing to do –– “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Letting go of the hurt and disappointment lightens the load and makes that race a whole lot easier. “Whatever” isn’t in God’s vocabulary, because even our prattle sounds sweet to him.

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, I ask that you would teach me how to submit my life to you. Show we how to abide in you day by day - and instruct me how to live in spirit and truth. Help me Lord to give control of my life over to you in every way, and to become the person you would have me be. Thank you Lord that you have not given up on me and I ask you to teach me your way from this day forward.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Prayers-for-Letting-Go —adapted)

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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