From Part 2:
“What if your praise for God wasn’t so circumstantial? What if you mixed things up a bit, instead of thanking God for the circumstances you appreciate and begging Him to correct those you cannot appreciate, what if you praised Him throughout – knowing that He IS in charge of your direction?”
A struggle designed by God
What if the rug that has been pulled out from under you was really a magic carpet ride designed by God? What if your prayer was “Lord, things are BAD; Jesus take the wheel”? That’s our usual response. We fail to recognize that, maybe, we need to keep the wheel but allow Jesus to navigate. He has the map but he may be taking us on a most adventurous ride, on some of the roughest terrain possible. That’s what makes life fun, adventurous, meaningful and memorable. Faith doesn’t keep us safe; faith traps us at the river’s edge where only God knows what will happen next. He does not want us to “wait and see”; He wants us to take the first step and see what He will do in response to our faith.
But we keep trying to grab control. Our problem isn’t circumstances. Our problem is perspective.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.