A Quiet Heart Is…Believing God Knows Best
Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin.
– Elisabeth Elliot
You would think I had heard the cliches enough to believe them. I mean that is why they are cliche, right? Because they are everywhere.
“Thank God for unanswered prayers!”
“Whenever God closes a door, He opens a window.”
Most of the time I pray asking for God’s will, but my heart is still clutching tightly to my own will. I have in mind these things that will make me happy. Good things, sometimes. Holy things. But it doesn’t mean they are right for me right now. Trusting God to be in complete control of both my life and the timing of things is easier said than done, to quote another cliche.
We are having a bit of a struggle right now with our youngest. He is such a sweet boy, thoughtful and kind. He is also a four year old boy though! He wants what he wants and he wants it now! (Sound familiar? I think that is still in all of us. We just know how to conceal it a little better as adults?) He has been acting out in school, not listening to instructions. He wants to play right now, thank you. Not pay attention to learning his alphabet.
Playing outside is a wonderful thing. I want him to run and play and enjoy this beautiful fall. But we know that he needs to take a few minutes and trace some letters, look at some flashcards and learn with mommy. Real tears ensue and my heart breaks for my little man who just wants his way. But that is one reason why we here as parents – to do what is best for them for them in the long run.
But, oh how many internal fits do I throw when my Heavenly Father says “no” or “wait!”
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Jesus says these words in Matthew 7.9-11, illustrating how good our Father really is, how He really has our best in mind.
I know this in my head but quieting my heart to trust His wisdom is so much harder. I can pray for God’s will all I want but until my heart is truly trusting before Him, really surrendered, they will just be words. I am trying to literally pray these days with open hands before Him, showing Him I am letting go of all that I hold onto in my heart and willing to accept what He gives as best.
It is a posture of submission, one I have to believe will work it’s way into my heart with each prayer of, “your will be done.”
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