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Jesus, Take the Wheel

Friday, February 8, 2019

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"We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armor. If our hearts need be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it." – C.S. Lewis

“Bless me, Jesus” is the way many of us start – and often end – our prayers. And then, we hit the timer, watching and waiting for God to answer our petitions.

If He delays or fails to answer in the exact manner we prayed, we get a bit edgy and irritated. And so, we pray again, more loudly this time, as if the God who predates time may have become a little hard-of-hearing over the centuries.

Has it ever occurred to us that God may indeed be answering our prayers, just not in the way we imagined? We pray for patience and God delays His response…but isn’t that the point? We intercede on behalf of a gravely ill friend or family member and then shake our head in disbelief when God heals them completely (and eternally) by taking them home.

The crux of the matter is that God has as many different ways of answering prayers as there are prayers themselves…probably more. Likewise, He has an infinite number of methods for drawing us closer to Himself and making us more Christ-like.

So, I guess what I am trying to say as we head into this weekend is this: keep on praying, keep on trusting, and then R-E-L-A-X.

In the words of the county music song made famous by Carrie Underwood, allow Jesus to “take the wheel”.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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