12.02.20—Waiting For The Lord! – Psalm 37:7
My friend, may I ask you a question? Why is it that sometimes we try so hard to make things happen in our lives that we forget that God is there, just for the asking?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner
It is so sad that so many believers utter prayers in the morning and then forget all about what they ask in the first place. Some may not even notice the answer to their prayers when it actually arrives. Did you know that writing down prayer requests and answered prayers is helpful in noticing how faithful God really is? Some requests take time to be fulfilled and some will not seem to be fulfilled until eternity. Waiting with anticipation can become exciting; especially when you put your trust in the One you are waiting upon!
Sometimes we try so hard to make things happen in our lives that we forget that God is there, just for the asking.
Here's a story: A little boy was playing in his sandbox with his shiny, red plastic shovel and bucket. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. He dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With no little bit of struggle, he pushed the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. When he got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he was blocked. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, shoved-but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally he started to cry. All this time the boy's father watched from his living room window and at the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said, "Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available? Defeated, the boy sobbed back, "But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had! "No, son," his father said kindly. "You didn't. You didn't ask me." With that he reached down, picked up the rock, and removed it from the sandbox. (Author unknown)
God feels the same way. Why ask Him if we plan to do it our own way anyway? Even faith as small as a mustard seed can do miracles: Scriptures tell us: "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matt 17:20 NIV) Prayer requires faith; faith requires patience; and patience requires waiting upon the Lord. This kind of waiting is like waiting for a special birthday gift that you know someone has purchased for you. Though you haven't seen it, you anticipate it. The same is true for prayer. When you ask God for something, you can already anticipate that you have received it. Trying to do things on your own may be a temptation; but it's one that you and I need to overcome. Most problems in life are too heavy for us to lift and God is just waiting for us to ask. Today would be a good day to look up and see whose shadow is hovering over you.
We pray. Heavenly Father. We know that prayer requires faith; faith patience; and patience waiting upon You. This kind of waiting is like waiting for a special birthday gift that you know someone has purchased for you. Though you haven't seen it, you anticipate it. The same is true for prayer. Move us by Your Spirit to ask You for for the things we need, knowing that we can already anticipate You have received it. Forgive us when trying to do things on our own becomes a temptation we can’t avoid; and we have a hard time overcoming it. We know that most problems in life are too heavy for us to lift and You are just waiting for us to ask. Today would we look up and see Your shadow hovering over us. Thank You. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
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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