When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.
~ Lamentations 3:28 - 29
There are many ways that people waste their time, but taking the time to pray will never be one of them.
"I don't think God is listening," is a common thing that I hear when it comes to the prayers of many of the people I meet. "I keep praying for a miracle."
I must admit, I wish there were some way that when God has received the request, is considering the options, and had provided the answer, that we might get an updated text from our request. Of course, I'm being a little crazy here, or am I?
My humanness overshadows my spiritual journey at times. The shadow, cast by doubt, anxiety, and expectations, can often leave me feeling ignored by God. "But why not?"
I still have to remind myself that God provides for our needs. Not our wants.
There are simply so many things that compete for time in our mind, that spending time in prayer can almost seem like something that gets in the way. That's when I remind myself that I am spending time with myself, and with God, who was present before my first thought, who loved me before I could love, and knew me before I knew others to compare myself with.
It is in prayer that we all can come to the realization that we have been created by God, and through this relationship, any time that we spend in prayer, even when the conversation may seem to feel one-sided, is still worth the time to be with ourselves, clearing our minds, and thinking on things of God.
In these moments we discover more about ourselves, and build on the relationship we have with God. None of these, would I ever consider, a waste of our time.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.