“The heart of man plan’s his way, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Have it your way” is a saying that advertisers made up for Burger King. The idea is to pick exactly what you want on your burger. Subway and Chipotle have made this the very idea of their food chain. Besides food choices at a restaurant, it seems we want tailor made lives.
This past fall, I was helping my sister-in-law and her friend run the pony rides at the local pumpkin patch. At the end of the ride, we gave out a lollipop to the children who rode the pony. Seems simple enough, but it was one of the craziest things I have seen.
One would have thought that I was handing out an iPhone. Every kid wanted a specific colored lollipop or their parents wanted one for the sibling that didn’t ride the pony. At first, I wanted to accommodate their wants, but when this became time-consuming, I began to just hand it out instead of letting them choose.
It got so bad that this mom began to argue with my sister-in-law because her kid wanted the green lollipop instead of the red one. Well, my sis had no time for that and said, “it’s a lollipop for goodness sakes!” and walked away from the mom.
The mom stood there dumbfounded. I was thinking “has this what society has come to?”
Yet, I think of God more as a genie in a bottle than as The Almighty. I pray prayers hoping that situations always turn out in my favor or so that my family and I do not experience pain. I want my life tailor-made, comfortable and pain-free.
Allowing God’s will isn’t going to be pain-free. It will be challenging and sometimes, unexplainable. But following His will always turn out to be the best for us.
Lesson Learned: May I freely allow and accept my life to align with God’s will.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for asking for every want to be met. Thank you for supplying all of our needs. Show us your way and lead us on the path that you want our lives to be on. Align our hearts and minds to your will. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear your direction. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”