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Thursday, September 27, 2012

What God has for me it is for me…

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.” 
Luke 22:42 (NIV)

Many "enticing" opportunities are NOT from God. So chase the Lord's perfect will ... not your ego or self-led ambitions! 
Called Magazine

Thank God the salvation of the world will never rest on my shoulders.  Thank God that He allowed His Son to be sacrificed that we might be redeemed and restored to Grace. I cannot imagine carrying that burden. I can however appreciate the sincere plea, “not my will but Yours be done.” Today Lord, I’m asking for peace and stillness so I might be open to receive Your Will. This morning I prayed,
I do not want what I want (at least I'm trying not to want it).  I want to be joyfully ready to receive that which He has ordained for me. I need to be still. 

Yesterday I had a conversation with someone who has been a distant part of my community of faith (distant only in that we’ve not much interacted) for several years. In her words, she put out a plea to the Universe for help (Oh, can I relate...).  Three separate versions of that plea came to me directly, including the last, which began,
My plea to the Universe
is clear, and so it His response
for now, 
Be Still.
“It will be interesting to see how many people forward this to you.”
Is this God preparing me to serve? Could this be my combination of timing and opportunity, or is it just an “enticing opportunity?” (Imagine my surprise at reading the message from Called Magazine on my Facebook page last night??) My plea to the Universe is clear, and so it His response for now, Be Still. The words of a song by the Miami Mass Choir have been ringing in my ears all day…
What God has for me, it is for me. I know without a doubt,
that He will bring me out; What God has for me, it is for me.
So, I arose this morning and again declared my surrender. I will wait patiently upon the Lord, or at least I will try. I’ll fidget. I’ll muse. I’ll go a little crazy, but I will wait upon You, Lord. I will praise You in this circumstance, in this meantime. I’m not good at waiting, and I write about it often…
“Consconsciously, intellectually, I am clear that I CANNOT MOVE God.  I recently read that waiting on God is both a test of submission (ouch), and acknowledgement that His is the better idea. What hubris, then to think I (we) could know better." Wait April 2012  

What God has for me will be revealed to me in His time. So I will…
Wait... with expectation.
Wait...with anticipation.
Wait...I will worship You, Lord, while I wait.
~William McDowell, from the album Arise

This morning I arose and declared my surrender. I will wait patiently Lord, as patiently as I know how. Surrender, patience, and stillness-three reminders that God is good.

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