Name the one thing that would stamp your happy card. For me, if Jake regained use of his right hand, talked with fluidity and walked with no right sided weakness, as well as the restoration of one-third of his brain’s left hemisphere … if … if … if …
My one ‘happy’ event has now turned into four things … that’s usually the way it goes. We always want more.
Let me try again. The one thing that would secure my happiness would be if Jake could communicate normally … then his world would no longer be isolating and lonely.
And I could live happily ever after … as evidenced by my ‘Happy’ shirt. That is until the next thing I want more than anything in the world to secure my happiness. We always want more.
<photo by Craig … I’m just a ray of sunshine in my Happy shirt … Not!>
Your turn … what is the one fill in the blank , if received today, would qualify you to wear a forever ‘Happy’ shirt?
For six years I have prayed, pleaded, bargained, and begged for healing. So why hasn’t Jake been healed? Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you.” But my son still suffers significant effects from the stroke.
Are you still waiting for your prayers to be answered? Moreover, what about the petition for healing that you prayed for repeatedly …. yet, your loved one did not survive.
“Oh, Lord, did you hear us?’ Yes, He heard our cries.
But do we ever listen to Him? Or are we always so busy talking at Him and telling Him what we want, thus missing what He is trying to tell us?
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want …” Philippians 4:11-12
If I equate happiness with my son being healed … happiness may be an illusion for me. If your happiness depends on waiting for fill in the blank to happen, frustration will often prevail.
What do we do while waiting? Maybe we need to stop pushing so hard against the reality of our lives while in this particular season. We constantly resist and try to control what is often beyond our control. And the results are misery and anxiety.
If we stopped pushing against our present circumstances and really lived and believed what God has promised to us, contentment would follow. Do we remember what He has told us? I do know His promises but I don’t always live them …
“FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU,” declares the Lord, “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU, AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE.” Jeremiah 29:11
God knows our desires … He knows our pain. Sometimes we are waiting longer than planned. Perhaps we need to learn how to wait better.
How do we wait better? Try each day to thank Him in advance for His answer. Trust that He is working behind the scenes on our behalf. Don’t give up. Look forward in hope and expectancy for Him to respond.
Additionally, instead of obsessing over what we want, begin focusing on what God wants to do through us and within us during the waiting period … by listening to Him instead of us always talking at Him. This is a purposeful and disciplined action on our part, daily.
Pressing toward Joy thought for the day … Instead of focusing on what we need to be happy, learn to trust Him more.