Thy Will Be Done

Song lyrics speak to me, they always have.  Songs have a way of piercing my heart and touching my soul….especially music giving praise to our Lord and Savior.  One song in particular has been playing over and over (and over and over…ok, I must admit sometimes that gets a little annoying, 🙂  in my head recently. 

Living he loved me
Dying he saved me
Buried He carried
My sins far away
Rising he justified me
Freed me forever
One day he’s coming back Glorious day

The song is called Glorious Day (hear it here http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=99102MNU)  and the whole song is great, but this is the part that was stuck.  So I began thinking as we approach Easter and Resurrection Day, I stop and ponder what the cross actually means to me.  Why did Jesus have to endure that terrible death? He did that just for me.  Why?  Because it was God’s will.  And Jesus was faithful to His father’s will, while even daring to ask, “with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39.  Picture Jesus with his face to the ground, knowing what was to come, crying out to his Father.  But He concedes, not my will but yours be done.  No wonder God does not reveal the future to us….we wouldn’t be able to handle it.  If we knew what was coming as Jesus did, how we would be bargaining, pleading, even fleeing so that we would not have to endure whatever it was that our future might hold. 

So why can’t I be faithful to His will in my daily life, remembering what Jesus did for me…how he was humiliated, how he suffered, how he died.  All for me.  Nothing we face in our life can be as bad as what Jesus went through, knowing he would be going through it.  “…not my will but yours be done.” 

I struggle daily to read my bible, to seek quiet time with the Lord, to give Him praise and honor and glory as I get tangled up in the world around me.  But as I seek Him out more and more, He becomes more and more clear to me….and my words, my thoughts, my will become more in line with His.  I feel His peace as I draw close to Him.  We will never be perfect, but if we strive a little bit each day to become more like the Jesus whose will was always in line with the Father’s, then He will meet us where we are and give us His peace that surpasses all understanding.

There is a prayer that hangs in my bathroom that I pray every morning.  It’s by Thomas Merton.  Some of you may know it:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following
your will does not mean that I am
actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please
you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire in all
that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you
will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death, I will
not fear, for you are ever with me
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.
 
The fact that we desire to do God’s will does please Him.  And if our will is in line with His, He will lead us where we are supposed to go, not revealing the big picture to us all at once, but lighting one step in front of us at a time.  We put our trust in the almighty everlasting Lord and He does that for us…..amazing!  

       ~Lisa

Waiting Is Painful

Waiting is painful, but worth it!!!

Are you as sick as I am of waiting for Spring?  We’ve been teased by a few days (or maybe it was just hours) of warm weather. The flowers are peeking up at us as if to say, “I’m ready”.  But it’s just not time!!!  We have to wait  – we have no choice because God is in control!!  What we can be assured of is that He will give us warmer weather.  Our faith in that has been built through all our years of experiencing Winter turning to Spring.

Do we have the same faith that God will end our waiting on other issues with mercy and goodness?

I know that I often relieve the pain waiting causes me by trying to deal with situations on my own.  Now there are many situations in which God wants me to take action.  But how often do I stop before acting to check in with Him – especially on big decisions and actions that will have big impacts?  Am I really building the type of relationship with Him that will help me hear His attempts to interrupt my addiction to “progress” so that I am waiting for His direction?  I’ll never really know how much my need to control and take action have done damage to the gifts God was prepared to give me and others , but I’m sure I’ve done damage.  If I had only waited to listen for His voice…..

In the book of Psalms alone we’re told ten times to wait on the Lord.  We’re told that we are to wait expectantly (Ps 5:3), with strength (Ps 27:14), in stillness (Ps 37:7), and with patience (Ps 40:1).  We’re to wait because He is our help and shield (Ps 33:20) and wants to give us His saving grace (Ps 119:166).  We’re told that God does hear us (Ps 40:1) and that He will answer (Ps 38:15).

Let’s hope Spring is right around the corner, but let’s take time this Lent to build our relationship with God so that He can help us find strength, direction, peace, and even joy in waiting on Him.

~Deb