I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. Psalm 40:10
A new day, another great report! My Dad is still keeping his cancer in remission, well he is not, God is. I firmly believe that! His testimony from the beginning of his cancer to now is bone chilling. God has had a hand in it since day one, it was so great to hear that he is still doing well. God is faithful. There have been a great number of people diagnosed since he was and they sadly have not made it, that I know is tough for him to understand why God is sparing his life. I can’t answer for that, but I can answer for my inner circle. My Dad is the third person in my life that has gotten a great “cancer free” report this week, so has my neighbor and my uncle. We celebrate that and remain thankful to God for his answered prayers.
It is nice when prayers are answered the way we want them to be, we all I’m sure have experienced answered prayers but not exactly answered the way WE saw best. God has a plan that is far greater than anything that we can imagine, sometimes the answers to our prayers are painful and to be quite honest difficult to understand. Especially when they involve the loss of life, what we can do and know is that God sees us, he hears us and he will never leave or forsake us. Today I read that our life is like a breath, one breath. I think all to often we get so caught up that we lose sight of the big picture. We are just meant to be here on earth for a short time, some shorter than others.
We usually get disappointed because we have a preconceived notion of how things will go. When we are focusing on today; what we can do, how we can do today best, we can live a more full and meaningful life. Just as in life, we have ideas of how things will go and get disappointed when they don’t go how we see them. We are sad when they don’t involve people we thought we would spend our days with. Reiterating that each day is a gift, enjoy the ones that you are blessed with today!
So, while I still have many prayers in my heart, I come to God expecting for His will to be done and His Kingdom to come, I pray that I understand and handle what this life will bring. Before, I begged and pleaded for my Dad to remain alive when days looked very grim. I prayed my preconceived notions to God. Now, I know and believe that God has my dads best interests at heart and mine too. So, I pray expecting God to move, knowing he hears me whatever the outcome may be. I accept that God is in control and I am not.
There are so many uncertainties in our world, so many things happening that we won’t ever be able to explain or understand. What we can do is do our best with today. Not fear tomorrow, live for today and be present in each second. Pray for our friends and neighbors to seek God in times when we can not explain acts of hate and violence. We can not make sense of the hate that is circling, but we can show love and drown out hate. We can pray for God’s intervention when we are helpless and scared.
When prayers are not answered the way we want, we still must choose love in the midst of our misunderstanding.
Celebrate the good news and good things: the good doctors report, the provision for your family, your home, your full tummy. I’m thankful I was free to worship with most of my family yesterday including my healthy parents…look for the good and surround yourself with it and then use it to change the world!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34