by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In the hours before Jesus was arrested and crucified he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for God’s will to be done. Jesus asked for the horror of what he knew lie ahead of him to be removed if there was another way to save mankind; yet he prayed, “Thy will be done”, knowing God’s will truly is best.
We’ve read the account of Christ’s suffering and we also pray thy will be done in our lives, but you know what? It’s awfully difficult to accept God’s will in those times when it goes so contrary to what we thought God had planned for us. When our dreams lie in ashes all around us, counting it all joy is probably not at the top of our to-do-list, but it should be.
When life pulls the rug out from under us we may become confused. We thought we were headed the direction God set before us. We don’t understand how the heartache we feel could possibly be part of that plan. God loves us, after all. How can this be?
We find ourselves on our knees wondering. Questioning. Begging for answers. God may someday reveal to us how he brought beauty from these ashes. Or he may remain silent. The point we need to never forget is HE is God and we are not.
Have you found that as we surrender to God’s will in our lives, it becomes easier to pray thy will be done, believing God’s will truly is best? Easier. Not always easy.
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He walked away, perhaps a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed this prayer: “Father, if you are willing, please take away this cup of horror from me. But I want your will, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him, for he was in such agony of spirit that he broke into a sweat of blood, with great drops falling to the ground as he prayed more and more earnestly. Luke 22:42-44 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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