So Be It

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When you hear the word amen what comes to mind? The end of a prayer? So be it? Strong agreement? I tell you the truth?

We say amen at the end of our prayers.

We say amen to confirm our agreement with what others say.

Jesus is called the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. (Revelation 3:14)

Our dog, Bear, is 4-years-old now. You would think after all this time he would be obedient in everything, come when he’s called and stay when he’s told to stay.

You’d think he’d give us a hearty, “So be it! Amen!”

You would think …

But that isn’t the case.

Some days he’s really good with following directions. Other days … not so much.

There are days he is so sweet and does what I ask, that I begin to believe, Yes! He’s figured this all out! Only to have him stare at me when I give him a command and do the exact opposite the next day.

I attribute his lack of complete obedience to multiple factors, one being the fact he is really smart and to his way of thinking, sees little wisdom in saying amen to all of our requests.

If only he would trust that Pilot and I have his best interest in mind when we tell him to do something, or tell him not to do something.

Oy, vey.

But I wonder. Are we ever like Bear? You know. Pick and choose what we will say so be it to?

Sometimes our life may be going along smoothly and it is easy for us to say amen to where we are, what we are doing, where we are headed.

God’s in control after all. So be it! I’m in full agreement.

Then there are times we plunge into sorrow, suffering, defeat and disillusionment. Say amen to this? You’ve got to be kidding. God’s still in control, but I don’t like it, and I’m not about to agree. Definitely not in strong agreement with this one.

I keep hoping for the day Bear is in total agreement with what we tell him. I long for the day he says so be it to our requests. We do know what’s best for him, after all.

So I’m wondering … does God hope the same for us?

Does he hope that in the good times and bad we will state with every fiber of our being amen, so be it, I’m in total agreement, let your will be done and do it through me?


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Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen. Psalm 89:52 (NIV)

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2 thoughts on “So Be It

  1. Oh, my, goodness! I have a dog just like Bear and he drives me crazy – especially because he’s 85-lbs and his deciding not to do something can be a big problem. It is a great analogy of our life with God and being under his care.


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