Have you noticed that what we want is often not what we need?
When Hannah was little she didn’t like the feel of her bare feet in the grass. We dropped her in the yard one day shortly after she came home and she froze. She would not move. We coaxed, cajoled and came just short of threatening a spanking if she didn’t take a step. We knew she’d learn to like walking barefoot if only she tried.
Finally I lifted my foot and gave her diaper a little help. She stumbled and took off confirming that what we knew was true.
Life is often the same.
Sometimes we need inspiration. Sometimes we struggle. We hurt. Some of us are dying sooner rather than later. (I just found out a friend from my college days stopped chemo earlier this week). Others are paralyzed from the pain and in need of some inspiration to take the next step. And even more wait in limbo, having no idea which way to turn for the next step. And what we need is often different than what we want.
Years ago Hannah needed to take that step, but she didn’t want to do it. Sometimes we need a little push to get us out of our self pity and pain and on to what we need. Other times we may be so stubborn that takes more than a little push to get our attention. This is life. Learning, growing closer to the Creator and trusting that his way is better even when we don’t understand.
Sometimes that inspiration comes in a song lyric written by Mick Jagger almost 50 years prior to the dawning of that revelation. Other times it comes from Scripture:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Paul doesn’t say that God will supply all of our wants. Frankly my wants have been wounded lately. I’m a slow learner but the fog is lifting and I’m realizing that maybe I don’t need those wants. As much as I desire those wants, God says I don’t need them. But I do want what I need, even when it’s hard. Sometimes our inspiration may come in ways that seem backwards. Rejection. Ugly words. Feeling alone in a crowded room. Yes, even these things can be inspirations for fully seeking you. For fully sacrificing our own wants so God can align them with his will.I don't need those wants, but I do want what I need, even when it's hard. Click To Tweet
Dear Lord, help me today to trust that your understanding is much clearer than my limited sight. When things often don’t go the way I expected, or planned, I pray that your Holy Spirit will nudge me to remember that YOU will supply ALL my needs, and that maybe my wants aren’t always or even ever what I need. I pray that you lead me to contentment in this. I long to praise you for ALL these things and more, even in the midst of the struggle. Amen!
His Grace is sufficient!
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The word this week: Inspire.