“The very greatest things–great thoughts, discoveries, inventions— have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.”
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
~ 1 John 3:11
How many times have we offered our “thoughts and prayers are with you.”? For me this means that I am taking the time, no, making the time to talk to the Creator of the universe on your behalf. To plunge you, your situation, your hope, your loss, your gain, into the marvelous light. Sometimes it means that I am reminding the Creator of his promises, and that you are the recipient of those promises.
At the end of it all, I remember the Mitford series by Jan Karon and I pray the prayer that never fails:Thy Will Be Done. I am making the request known and acknowledging that in the end, that God’s will, which we cannot begin to fathom, takes precedence.
So many try and guess, in the moment, what that will be. So many point fingers when their prayer is not immediately answered and throw their hands up, not in praise but in exasperation or frustration because what they thought was God’s will, has not come to pass, and their (and our ) vision is limited, but…
Recently, in the past 48 hours, there was, on social media a picture of the inside of an emergency like vehicle, pristine, sparkling clean and untouched, and beneath it was something about “first shipment of thoughts and prayers delivered to Parkland.” Beneath it, just a few words from a respondent to the post, “how very insensitive.” I got all ready to react, not respond when I took another look at the vehicle; there was some truth in the statement.
Thoughts and prayers are not visible, and what better way to physically represent them on earth, than to send them in an emergency vehicle. “Linda, you are really stretching it here.”
Yes, I am. Because we have a much better vehicle for delivery, the Son of God, our advocate with the Father, who is working always, hearing the prayers of the people, whose timing is perfect. No one like the idea that teens are so distraught that they are communicating their intent, and procuring a weapon and planning on just how to use it. To reduce frustration to an insult was more than I could bear.
Just as one vote can stem the tide, one prayer can make a difference. In Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who it all comes down to one little who not making a sound… and then “Yopp!”
and the sound breaks through. Just like our prayers.
Today, take some time … let your thoughts become prayers for those in leadership all over the world. Then lift them in prayer, along with all those broken folks (all of us and then some) whose thoughts turn dark with despair. Pray that God’s will is to put someone in their path that stems the tide. Someone that makes a difference.
Thoughts and prayers are the most powerful beginning we can make.
Because of Him,