“…That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:28 (The Message)
My husband and I received some bad news yesterday. I had felt a real peace about it and even though I knew whatever answer we received would be the right one, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed. I felt like God had led us in this direction and so I figured He had it all worked out. With all the adventures and challenges He has brought us through in the last year or so, instead of dwelling on the bad news, I chose to praise Him for the “no,” focus on the positives that occurred, and choose hope that He had something better, the “best” in store for Bill and I in His perfect timing.
Today I was listening to a radio program talking about how before I even knew about the news that we received yesterday, Jesus had been praying about it for us years in advance. That while things are uncertain for us, God is perfectly at peace in Heaven because He is focused on the outcome – one He already knows. My job isn’t to worry about what’s next or fear that we’ll miss another opportunity – nope, my job is to focus on Him and trust that when it’s the right time, God will allow all things to fall into place, without my help.
Now, that isn’t to say I shouldn’t pray about the desires of my heart or pray for a loved one’s safety or healing or pray intercessory prayers for others. On the contrary, the Bible is very clear that intercessory prayers can at times change God’s plans. However, instead of worrying about the future, instead of worrying that God can’t change my “seemingly impossible situation,” I can have assurance that He has it all under control and before I even knew there was a problem, Jesus was bringing it before our Father for me.
That, my friend, feels peaceful. I love the reassurance that not only does God have the things I bring to Him in prayer under control, but He also has the issues that I’m not even aware of yet under His covering and He’s working on them before they are even on my radar. With that kind of a Father watching out for me, how can I not live my life with peace, joy, and hope?
© Cheri Swalwell 2015