I received a text: “Please pray.” The request was from a mom who is hoping to adopt a specific child, who has pursued, persisted, and prayed for months and months. There’s a sense of urgency, a hope which pushes past the system’s maze, a messy joy of wanting and loving a child known only from files and forms. I understand. Once again, our family is waiting for a child to come home from another place in the world. Her name is Sydney. It’s a hard but holy place, where faith is necessary, and prayer is life-sustaining. And. As with anything else, we choose how to manage where we’re at and what we’re facing.
There are some things we’ve been told to always do:
Always be joyful.
Never stop praying.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New Living Translation)
We are faced with the daily choice to always be joyful, to always be praying, and to always be thankful as clearly delineated in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Though it may seem the greatest obstacles to living this way are specific people and circumstances, it really comes down to the fact that we, ourselves, become our greatest obstacle. It’s a definite choice to align our response with what God says to do. Yet. I would be wrong not to say, there have been times I’ve allowed the stuff of life to guide my response and it’s only through the grace and strength of God that I’ve been able to turn around and choose the Divine way.
Too often, we reduce the value of what God says to do by going our own way, refusing to turn around, as, if, we’ve earned the right, missing the blessing and power of living beyond the stuff, justifying our life choices by what we face. The tragedy of it all, is what is lost in life by not choosing God’s life management plan. When we choose to enter the plan of God, when we refuse to separate from God’s way, when we understand that apart from God we’re nothing, we experience the hard places of life becoming holy.
Choose to manage it all by doing what God says to do, experiencing the blessing and power of God as the hard places of life become holy. Choose joy, prayer, and gratefulness today.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)