Let’s face it, when most us pray or talk to God, we start
with our wish list, our want list, our need list and give Him our “to-do” list.
We get so distracted by our needs that we forget everything He’s already done. “The
squeaky wheel gets the grease” in terms of what gets our attention. As my
husband always preaches, “God is moved by faith not by need. If He was moved by need, we wouldn’t have any.”
Think on that for a minute! …Aha! It took me a minute to get it too!
Instead of our lists of what we need or want, why not try
something else. It’s okay to go to God
and cry out; He’s our Father and we can tell Him anything. But first…let’s
start by thanking Him. As you well know, it’s that time of year again.
Thanksgiving and the Holiday season are upon us. The New Year is right around
the corner and it always causes us to reflect. When we look back, we normally
sigh with relief that the year is over! We lament over how rough it was and how
we barely made it. I can testify! 2011 was a rough year for me, personally. My
son had a tremendously difficult season and it turned my life, as I then knew
it, totally upside down. Nonetheless, I am huffing and puffing towards the
finish line as I complete this marathon of a year. However, instead of focusing
on my aches and pains from the race I’ve been thanking God that He brought me through
it all. Perhaps it wasn’t on my instantaneous time-table, but He moved according
to His perfect will and perfect plan. As I look back now, it all makes sense
and what I clearly see is a God whose grace truly does amaze me.
In the midst of my son’s health crisis, I said all sorts of
desperate things. I bargained with God by proclaiming, “If you help my son, I’ll
never ask for another thing as long as I live”…um, yea, right! My longsuffering
Father God took me by the hand and led me through many a frantic moment
regardless of what outlandish things I said! He is patient and loving and kind
and yet, He loves us in spite of us!
I would hate to think that God would ever seem ignored and
His unconditional love taken for granted where I’m concerned. He moved on our
behalf this year, plain and simple. Sure it was hard and there were moments
where I felt like He’d forgotten my address and name too, but He was there all
along. God does His thing, His way…”As the Heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher that your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”(Isaiah
55:9) Sometimes, we just misunderstand
and grow impatient but that’s when we need our faith to step in and silence our
Every time God brings us through tough times, it builds our
faith in Him therefore; trust comes easier each time a new challenge arises.
God is a giver but I don’t always want to be the taker…I want to be a giver
too. I want to give Him all the glory for all good things, the grace He’s met
out, the blessings He’s bestowed and the love that has surrounded me and
comforted my restless heart. I’ve given
Him my life and I want to give Him my earnest thanks.
I may be limping toward the finish line of 2011 but I have
set my sights on finishing, nonetheless. It may not be a pretty race or one for
the history books, but I still win! I
don’t need a gold medal or a trophy, just finishing is all that matters to me
and I know just who to thank for getting me there.