Oh, the things my thirteen month old grandson, Brayden, teaches me!
While spending time with him the other day, Brayden fumbled through a pocket in his diaper bag, and excitedly pulled out his cute little sunglasses. He seems to be intrigued by glasses…always reaching out to touch and pull off mine. After a moment or two of inspecting the glasses, and then trying to open them, he looked over at me, and handed them over.
At that moment, he knew that I would be able to help him.
Brayden sat there smiling, so I put the sunglasses on him, and he sat there for about two seconds before pulling them off and looking them over. Then he proceeded to attempt putting them on. No matter what he did, those glasses were not going on correctly. They were either on his head, hanging from an ear, or around his neck. He kept shaking his head “no” when I put my hand out to help/guide him, and literally pushed my hand away.
Evidently, Brayden’s desire to “do it himself” closed his mind to the guidance that he needed. He lost his faith in me, and after a few minutes of trying every wrong way to put the glasses on, he threw them down, and went on to the next adventure.
That really got me thinking.
How many times do we do that very same thing? When there is something that we desire, or need, we know that God can help us. We pray earnestly, and then hand it over to our Father.
We expect an answer. We expect our answer.
When our prayers aren’t answered as quickly as we would like, we start to look for ways to make it happen ourselves. When things still aren’t going our way, we come up with countless more attempts.
As all this is occurring, the Lord is speaking to us in many subtle, and sometimes, not so subtle, ways. He is answering our prayers in ways we don’t allow ourselves to see. Sometimes, He may be guiding us to something even better than we prayed for.
We push His hand away.
You see, so many times, our desire to “do it ourselves” is so strong, that we close our minds and hearts to the direction and guidance that is right there in front of our faces. Sometimes, all we need to do, is take a step back, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us up and lead us.
Then we need to listen to the Voice that is longing to speak to us, and is waiting, in love, for us to hear. Really hear. Our God, our Creator, the God of the Universe, has a Divine Purpose for all of us. Each one of us has been placed here, at this particular time, for a particular reason.
Our Lord God knows that reason, and is leading us on a path that will reveal our purpose to us at the proper and perfect time.
In the meantime, when it seems as though our prayers aren’t being answered as quickly as we would like, we must remember that when Our Lord has a purpose that is unique to each one of us…He will lead us to it. It is up to us how long it takes for our prayers to be answered and to arrive to our destination. How long will we keep trying to “do it ourselves?”
Don’t be like Brayden throwing down the sunglasses and moving on to his next adventure because he couldn’t figure things out on his own.
Allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in you, and have total faith that God will direct you, bless you, and bring the desires of your heart to a fruition that you can’t even fathom.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Trust in the LORD and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7