As I was driving home recently, my heater blower in my car started to act a little wonky. I thought to myself, and out loud, "NOT something else going wrong!" On top of bills, deep family issues and other problems with my car, how am I going to deal with this? Then, out of the blue (well actually black cause it was night time), I had what I can only describe as a spark of divine thought hit me. A question came to mind. How often do you hear someone say, "Hey God. How ya doing? You know, I was kinda evaluating my life and come to the conclusion I really don't have enough on my plate right now. Can you give me just a few more struggles or obstacles to deal with?" The answer, after we stopped laughing of course, most of us would give is . . . never.
But as I drove, I began to really contemplate and work through that question.
Matthew 6:10, which, you grew up in the church like I did, you know by heart, "Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven."
As followers of Christ, many of us say this prayer or some version or paraphrased equivalent many times in our life, if not on a regular basis.
And here is where I value your own personal insight. Isn't telling God that by surrendering to His will, we are saying "No matter what life may bring, what ever tasks you give me, what ever obstacles you have for me to overcome, I will follow you and seek you in all that i do." By telling God we want his will and not our own, that may mean a lot more struggles in our future. Many missionaries will testify to that. I'm sure the the Apostle Paul would have rather not spent so much time in jail, but he was not following his own will, but the will of God.
I struggle with this whole concept on a regular basis . . . . . okay daily basis. I like having control. There are times I REALLY don't like the lessons God is TRYING to teach me. I have to learn to say "God! Things are not working out when I try doing things myself. I need you. I WANT you! I want your will in my life!" It is so easy to say, but one of the most difficult statements, we humans of free will, to truly believe.
We many never know why we go through what we do. It may be revealed to us many years down the road.
When we tell god "Your Will Be Done", We have to remember Romans 8:28
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
So. . . . Your Will Be Done oh Lord!