“Good and gracious God, we thank you for your kindness, support and belief in our abilities even when we don’t believe in ourselves. Please strengthen us and continue to move in our lives and bring about your Gracious Will,” daily prayer from a faithful woman.
It is so hard to trust God and that the way He moves in our lives is exactly right. We want to tell God how to be God. We want the outcome of a situation to suit us — right now — not to wait and see how it turns out in the end. We want the control to manipulate our lives in the way that removes anxiety and depression. We want to manage the confusion we feel about the relationship with our children or people at work, for we think that if we can get in there and make people do what we want them to do, it will bring peace to us.
Turning things over to God not only seems counterintuitive, it also seems foolish and like a waste of time. We so often are not people of faith but people of fickleness. We want a resolution to the pain we feel now, not to wait and see what the pain has to teach us about ourselves, about life and about becoming a stronger person through the painful situation we presently face.
Is it that we doubt our abilities to handle the situation? Is that we doubt that God has the ability to perform a miracle on our behalf, perhaps to even change someone’s heart, maybe our own? Is that the situation has gone on for so long we have given up hope?
Our God is the God of the hopeless. Just when people in Scripture struggled the most and finally turned to Him, He did not let them down. Turn to God today and ask for assistance. And then have faith, which is the hardest step. Know that and step into the situation you face and tell God you lack the faith to be there and that you need His help with that, too.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.