For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. 1 John 5:4
Prayer to Embrace God’s Plan in all Things
Heavenly Father, I sometimes have a problem discerning what your will is for me. I want to please you and be obedient to your Holy Will and plan, but I find that sometimes I just cannot figure out what that is. Help me to trust you by reminding me that as long as I walk forward in faith, you will be right behind me, and that sometimes, you have to allow me to take a step without feeling you in order to test that faith. I know that anything that I do out of love for you is the right thing to do. I know that your law is perfect. And so long as I do things out of love for you and in accordance with your law, I am free to explore whatever my heart feels called to do. I thank you Lord God for that freedom in Christ that doesn’t exist in the world. I am not free falling, I am in your hands, and today, I move forward! Amen
Often times, as many do, I have problems discerning God’s will. I become hyper- focused on it. I want to please God and at the same time I try and reconcile my own internal desires. But are my desires which I perceive as “my own” really silent gifts from the Holy Spirit?
Over the course of the last year, I was given several missions to accomplish by our Lord. I did not doubt for one moment that these missions were from God. Along the way, roads became winding and steep and at times relentless. But I never once thought about giving up until the mission was complete. It was only after the mission was over that I felt my head spin. Lord, am I STILL supposed to be here?
This question swirled in my head as I am sure it does for many of you. Is this not familiar territory?
God sends you something to do. You do it. And then, Now what?
This is where I stumble and fall. The I -have- to- must -know -God’s will, instead of letting it unfold like a gift. My only answer was to go back to what I was doing before the gift was given to me. I wasn’t sure where I was, until yesterday.
We forget that gifts are beautiful to look at, but what use are they unless they are unwrapped? This is the contemplative life. This is discernment. I see that I was carrying around this divine gift without opening it. Maybe it was because I was so focused on my mission. Maybe it was because I was so focused on what God’s will was. Either way, I heard the voice in my heart-but you never unwrapped it. So, God unwrapped it for me.
Buried beneath the bows and wrapping paper and finely clad ribbon was the gift. The box open. The smell of heaven and the beauty of God. The gift was the gift of friendship.
The mission had taught me all the usual lessons that one needs to perfect their soul. Perseverance, love for neighbor, faith and forgiveness. Those were shining streams of gift wrap, bows and ribbon, but in the box was the gift of relationship with another human being. One who under the world’s given circumstances I never would have had the chance to know and to love. A person who let it be known that I was worth more than gold, and that I was loved. She knew I needed to hear that, and that’s why He sent her.
These unexpected gifts are the power and work of the Holy Spirit
So today as you are pondering God’s will, your mission and where you are in life, remember that if it is born of God it will work. It’s that simple. And if you take that “thing” and make it into a gift and not a burden, sit down with it. Take that gift into prayer and open it. You will be presently surprised when it is divinely unwrapped.