Friends, isn’t it amazing how much God parents us as we attempt to parent our children?! The past several months, my heart has been “downloading” a great deal about how much God teaches me through the words of my children. Do you know what I’m saying, Gals?
One recent example, was noticing how frequently one of my sons would often start a complaint with, “I wish…” And all I could ponder was, “Did I do that too?” Sure enough. Only hours later my ears were hearing the same words exiting my mouth as I drove our car to the grocery. Ladies, I wasn’t aware of how often I too would say, “I wish.”
- “I wish I had remembered to___” or,
- “I wish I could find my keys,”
- “I wish we had a ___ at our home…”
I could go on, but you get the point…
This was eye-opening, as well as convicting! God was lovingly helping me realize my ever-present need for Him, and how my heart was pursuing self-reliance over the Peace and security of the cross. Ladies, for if I truly believed with my whole heart that “every good gift came from above“ (James 1:17) and that God is Sovereign over every detail (Matthew 6) then why would I wish, worry, and complain about anything in my day? Now, to clarify… this isn’t referring to an issue of needed advocacy…like speaking-up for the safety and dignity of another. The complaints for which I am speaking are connected to the circumstances we face moment by moment, in a 24- hour period of time.
Friends, to get to the point and thus put it bluntly, “Wishes truly are a waste of time.” They do nothing but foster an atmosphere of grumbling, and often lead down a path silent despair. They steal time, not to mention poke holes in our buckets of joy.
But Prayer… Prayer is productive! Not in the sense that we treat God as our Genie in a Bottle, but instead that our hearts and perspectives could conform to His. The most beautiful moment is not when we get what we want, but when we truly realize the Giver was enough in the first place.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Gals, rather than wishing upon a penny in the perverbial fountain today, take a needed breath and pray. Take heed to Elisabeth Elliot’s wise plea and, “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.” Give the cares and concerns of your heart to the one who came to be Enough on your behalf. (Matthew 11:28; Gal 2:20) 🙏🏼