What’s Best For You
just a little something
to begin your week.
Do you ever have those days where you inwardly are acting like a temper-tantruming- two-year-old towards God? I mean those days where nothing seems to be going quite right and instead of choosing a perspective of faith, you’d rather just tell God all of the ways He’s not doing things the way you’d like?
I’ve been having a few of those recently. Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who is not only a great listener but a great truth-giver too. He’s been reminding me of the ways God is working in our lives and encouraging me that even if we may not see the fruits right now, we must choose to believe God is working, albeit seemingly behind the scenes.
In my times with God recently, I have been trying to be more conscientious of listening to Him instead of carrying on and on about my perspective on life (which admittedly at times can be quite muddled). God has been opening my eyes to the bare-naked truth of my entitled heart. Although I don’t say these exact words to God, my actions and attitude speak for themselves and can declare with a hand on my hip: “And this is all I get?” Okay, it may not be quite this dramatic, but I think if I am truly honest with myself, oftentimes this is what is going on in my heart. It’s humbling to say the least.
As I’ve been talking to God about these thoughts, an anecdote I wrote in Worldwide Challenge came to mind. Even though it was written four years ago in a different season of my life, the lesson still holds true today.
The two-year-old girl flailed about on the floor of the grocery store, yelling at the top of her lungs.
“I want it! I want it now!”
Her mom stood next to her patiently, hands neatly folded across her chest, watching her daughter’s tantrum.
“Are you finished?” the mom calmly asked, bending down to look into her daughter’s eyes.
No words came from the little girl’s mouth; her blond curls bounced as she nodded hesitantly.
I pushed my cart down the aisle while hearing the mom say, “I want what’s best for you, honey,” as she hugged her little girl.
I first had been annoyed at the temper tantrum, but then God’s voice seemed to whisper to me: You look just like that sometimes.
When circumstances don’t fall nicely in place like I hope, I have a tendency to look just like that little girl. I may not throw my body on the ground in the grocery aisle, but I certainly carry on, demanding that God answer the whys and hows. Yet just like the calm mother, God waits patiently while I grumble, holds me close, and whispers, “I want what’s best for you.”
As I’ve been listening to God recently, He has been whispering to my heart to trust Him. Not for what He can give or do but for who He is. Not just when He answers my requests or works in ways I like but no matter the circumstances. I can attest that these times of “walking by faith and not by sight” deepen my faith and intimacy in my relationship with God far more than when all is fitting neatly inside my organized box. And I am learning that sometimes I need these situations to gain a greater glimpse of God’s unrelenting, pursuing love for me that provides me what I need to grow into the woman He desires.
The following passage in Scripture from the Message Version of the Bible is one of my favorites and sums up the truth that I feel God wants me, and maybe you, to remember right now:
“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6: 27- 34)
May each of us fully trust that God is lovingly giving us what is best for us and embrace these moments as opportunities of faith.