Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was an English woman who had written 66 detective novels and 14 short stories. She is quoted as having said: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
We go through this journey we call life and day after day we are exposed to situations that are sometimes pleasant and make us happy, and other times, we face situations that make us shake our heads in disbelief, wondering how in the world will I ever get to the other side of this? Each of us has limitations to our own skills, knowledge, abilities and even the resources we have at our disposal. Often we try and try to accomplish something and finally, when we are about to give up, we decided to pray. ‘Maybe God will handle this for me’.
I think that God designed each of us with our own limitations to see what it would take for us to ‘get to the end of our rope’ where we call upon him for help. I don’t believe that is how he wants us to operate though. What if we went to prayer FIRST, and then relied on God to help us through the situation or problem. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
You might want to read that through again, slowly.
Or what about Philippians 4:6 which states: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
It seems to me that God’s Word is encouraging us to not worry about things, but give it to God, and let him be responsible for handling the situation. Then, thank him in advance for what he is going to do. Think of all the stress we could avoid if we could teach ourselves to operate in this fashion. Remember, NOTHING is impossible for God.
God in heaven above,
Teach us to rely on you to guide us in every decision. We can plan our ways, but you are the one who determines every step of our lives. Thank you for life. Thank you for being there to help us through it all.