Last night, I wrote an eloquent blog post. Then, I put it aside, to edit this morning. A nagging little sense of unease kept telling me that was not what I was supposed to post today. But I kept trying to ignore it.
This morning, I’m doing what I felt I was supposed to do all along. Hold on, because it may be choppy. It is unified under the theme of prayer, but I’m commenting on each of these four church signs.
Many of you know I take pictures, almost daily, of things I see around me. There are several churches in my area that have some pretty good signs with sayings, as a witness to the world that passes by. I try to capture those regularly.
The first sign, posted above, is pointing to what the second sign says more succinctly. Pray about everything. The good – the bad – the ugly – the terrifying – the puzzling – the beautiful – the worrisome.
|What a friend we have in Jesus|
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit.
Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
For years, I thought the hymn above was about having Jesus as our friend, our Best Buddy, but it’s more about prayer. We stay in close contact with those we love and who are in an intimate relationship with us.
Prayer takes us into the Presence. We don’t have to wash up first. We don’t have to perform particular rituals to do it. We aren’t denied entrance to the throne room by giant cherubim with flaming swords. Our Father, our King welcomes us anytime to have a conversation with Him.
Prayer changes things – mostly us. But it also sets heavenly activity in motion. Mountains can be moved, and the stubborn can have a change of heart. Our answers don’t usually come in the form we have in mind. God’s timing is not our timing.
But it’s all good. It keeps us humble. It keeps us seeking Him daily, at all times. However, it’s not so much about getting answers, as it is being in relationship. I grow in my knowledge of Him and in His grace. I have assurance of His love for me.
The early church fathers identified a condition known as “the dark night of the soul.” It refers to those times we don’t feel God’s presence, and doubts may creep in to undermine our faith. It’s during that dark night that we pray anyway, even if the prayer is a few simple words of desperation.
I’ve talked to people who have lost faith during those times, and it’s a sad condition. But my encouragement to them is, “Don’t give up on Him. He hasn’t given up on you.” Look for the little things all around that may point to His love, His provision, and yes, to His answers. We serve a God who speaks through His Word, His world, and His people. In the words of Francis Schaeffer, “He is not silent.”
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Amen Ms. Dottie. One of my favorite sayings to folks who want to share with me all their troubles and trials; and everything that’s wrong with their life is this. “Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve talked about it?” I don’t say this to be rude, but I want my friends and family to understand that I can’t fix everything. I can listen, I can sympathize, I can pray with you. But I’m not the one who can fix things, God is. Thank you for this wonderful reminder ma’am.