I have had two friends this week tell me about an issue that was weighing heavy on their minds. Both friends talked a little about their problems, and ended up with a prayer of “Thy will be done.”
The first friend was concerned for a daughter who was in an abusive relationship. She felt helpless as she saw her daughter lose her best friend, her home, her money, and throw away everything to stay with a man who is abusive and toxic. I am sure many of you are reading this, and thinking there is no way I would let that happen. There might even be some of you reading this, thinking I know of someone just like that. And, there might even be some of you thinking, “I’ve been there, I know what she is talking about,” The truth is, you NEVER know how or what you would do in this situation, whether you are the mother or the daughter. The old saying of “Walk a mile in my shoes” is so true. We can think we know what we would do, but you can never be sure until you go through a situation yourself. The only thing I know for sure is, the Lord is with you, if you will only cry out to Him. Give Him your problems, and He will give you rest. You are not in control, you cannot fix anything, but you can rely on the Creator because He can fix ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!
My second friend was talking about a family member also, but not in the same context. This family member is one that had wronged my friend and her children. My friend has been praying about this person for a while now, asking that the Lord soften her heart towards her. She knows the Lord commands to love everyone, including those who have done you wrong, and she is struggling to do His will. Recently the two met, a few words were exchanged, and nothing was actually gained. The grievance might be out in the open, but my friends heart is still hard. Once again some of you are thinking about a friend, sibling, parent, etc., that you have a grievance with. Have you prayed about the situation? I have seen comments before from some of you, that you haven’t spoken to a loved one in years. Some have said that a friend you once counted on, is now a sworn enemy, and not anyone you have in your life. I know this is not what the Lord wants for us.
Part of the problem we face is, we try to fix everything and everyone. My little granddaughter is in the “I can do it by myself” phase. She doesn’t want to ask for help until she has everything in such a mess that it takes me a while to sort everything out. Does that sound familiar? The reason I can talk about this, is I am the first one to raise my hand and say, “This is me.” I am a control freak. That is well known with our woman’s club members, they even call me names behind my back (and in front of me) knowing I have to have final say. Submitting to the Lord all my troubles and problems is not easy for me, I want to try to fix them myself. When I “finally” cry out to the Lord and surrender control, I feel the weight come off. The problem is still there for the moment, but I know that His will be done. I was never in control anyway, it was just an illusion, but I need to say the words, “Take my burdens, Thy will be done.”
Thy will be done has always been the hardest prayer for me. I want to guide the Lord, maybe do this or maybe let this happen. But to acknowledge that He is totally in control, no matter the outcome, is hard. Some situations you are afraid of the outcome, you are afraid what His answer will be. There have been times I have been devastated by the outcome, but I still know the Lord was with me the whole step of the way.
I pray that if you have a problem, you give it to the Lord. I pray that if your heart is hard, you ask the Lord to soften your heart. I pray if you are broken, you ask the Lord for healing. I pray for you!
Have a Blessed Day!