He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?” Psalm 78:20
Recently at a talk I gave on my book P.R.A.Y.I.N.G., a lady said she had gotten an email cartoon picture of a man complaining that a small rock had bopped him on the head. He asked why God had allowed that to happen. The next picture shows Jesus warding off thousands of huge boulders from crushing the guy. Another lady said she was reviewing an old journal entry when she felt a bit down and distant from God. She used to pray as a teenager she could live near water. As she read that and remembered how much that had been her hearts desire so many years ago, she looked out over her swimming pool to the horizon of the lake near her house. Yes, God does hear.
How often do we forget the water God has gushed into our lives in response to a past prayer and are only concentrating on why He is not answering us right now, this very minute? Just like the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness we can have a tendency to whine a bit. Daddy, I want and I want it now.Paul said he had learned to be content in all circumstances. I am not there yet, but I am trying harder to get there. God is a promise keeper with perfect timing. In my miniscual tunnel vision I can only see what lies directly in front of me. He sees everything at once, past, present and future.
Lord, forgive me for whining about the small pebbles plucking against my brain when I know You are blocking huge boulders from crashing in on me all the time. Forgive me for not thanking you enough for past blessings and for being too caught up in my “now needs” to remember them. Instill in me more peace in all circumstances, good and bad, here and in the future so I can be more content in the knowledge of your ongoing and unfailing love and grace. Through Your Son, I pray. Amen.
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