Tag Archive: God’s Plan for us


Thy Will Be Done

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“Thy will be done”. “Your will be done”. Every Christian in the world, whether Catholic, Episcopalian, Protestant, Baptist, Reformed, Born again … all denominations, every one of them will say those words at least, once or twice, during the week. What do those words mean? What do you mean when you say them?

What are we really saying when we pray the Our Father, and utter these words? It is not a meaningless phrase, just one more line to be raced through as we say (pray) the prayer. We are telling God that we acknowledge His Deity, His Supreme Being. We, His creatures live only to do His will. Though we have a free will, we forego that luxury and tell Him we want to, and will to, accept His wishes, whether joyous or sorrowful. We will not try to bend nor shape the events so that they are more pleasant to us. We trust Him and know that whatever He foresees and permits will be beneficial to us; and so, we accept the events, as they are. Unfortunately, many times we think ‘beneficial to us’ as meaning good things happening to us. We pray like, “Lord, God, we will accept all the joyousness You can throw at us. The Sad, well ehh, not so much”.

We forget that this all-loving God, Who exists outside the box of time, sees the past (our past), present and future in the same instant. He sees all the problems we have let ourselves fall into, He allows the present to happen because He knows and sees the good that can come from it, and He permits all that the future has in store for us, for the same reason. This is not His determination because He truly allows our free will to work, to function, to be directed by us. But one thing He does do is to love us, as only an all-loving God can. So when death, or sickness, or misfortune presents itself to one of our loved ones, or our self, our future is being shaped and will provide us the opportunity to GROW, to become an even more loving child of God. This may sound like some person’s fantasy, a dream world, but it is not, it is reality. This infinite God, who sees everything in an instant, shapes the events of our lives so that even hardships can become the source, the beginning point, of growth. But the key is for us to accept, truly ACCEPT EVERYTHING that comes our way, as coming from a loving God.

Everything covers a lot of territory. It means the times when we get passed over for a promotion. It means the sicknesses that we experience. It means the trials of going through a difficult period. It means rejection, and failures, discouragement and abuse. Oh, everything covers just about …. every event in our life. But, it is because we know how much He does love us that we can trust and say, “Your Will be done”. These are not words that roll off of our tongue just to get us to the next part of the prayer. They are the cornerstone of the Our Father. We recognize how critical it is to joyfully accept these events, good and bad. And we can accept them, only because we already recognize how much this infinite God loves us. Through that recognition of His love for us, the significance of the hardships that come across our path permit us to meaningfully say, “Thy Will be done”. If we can understand, say, and mean them they will bond us to our God in a way we could never foresee.

So the events in our life have great significance to us. But, we have to stop looking at them to see if they are pleasurable, or beneficial, or helpful to our own goals. This view cannot be the sole mechanism to judge whether or not the event has any meaning for us, any good meaning. If instead of depositing them into “good” bins and “bad” bins, we must stop judging the events as they happen. Every event, every circumstance that occurs is directly permitted by our loving Father in heaven. Don’t look at “the what if” possibilities. Don’t judge how beneficial they are to you, right now. Graciously thank this loving God, our Creator for giving us a life, in which we can grow and become even closer to this loving source. We may not see the benefits of events immediately. We may never really know for sure why it was necessary that the events even had to happen. But we can always know that our loving God is smiling on us, all the time. His love for us is all we need to know, to care about. With His love surrounding us, protecting us, we can smile back and say to Him, “May Your Will be done, in my life. Thank you”.

The 5 Posts directly below, blend with this theme. They continue the thought. Thanks for coming:

1) Humanity of Jesus
2) What is the Will of God?
3) Are You Important?
4) Embrace Life: Embrace God
5) Whispers

Whispers

Whispers

My dear friends, these are words that I feel must be said. We can so easily lull our minds to sleep as we go through the motions of living our lives that we don’t give any thought to what we are doing. The same old, same old becomes a ritual that we nail in place every day. Without bothering to think of what we are doing, or even what we should be doing, we just plug along getting up, going to work, or to school, reacting to people with the same attitude that we have cultivated over the years. We eat our meals with blank minds. The only time we allow our minds to wander and wonder is when we shouldn’t, namely, while driving our car.

Regardless of our age we all have a tendency to live without focus. It seems to be too much trouble to delve into the whys of what we do, why we like people, why we don’t like people. Think for a moment what “why” do you avoid? (“Be careful, This could become habit forming”, he said with tongue in cheek.) We all have that something which we tend to avoid. And that something is … thinking. Thinking, I am afraid, has become like moving dusty memorabilia up in the attic. “Why am I keeping this”, we ask ourselves…as we look at it with a strange gaze, and then gently put it back in the same position, to be untouched for another few years.

It is not just you. Everyone, all of us, seem to be shunning thought! It is our minds that separate us from other animals. We can think! We can delve into the recesses of our minds. We can understand ourselves! We even have a mobile phone that we can carry around and contact anyone. We can text anyone. We can exchange our thoughts to others. But, I would hazard a guess that there is a high percentage of people that use their phone for their own pleasure. The phone is used for amusement, to play a game. Why? We don’t have to think! We don’t feel guilty about not thinking. Hey, how can I think? I am busy playing a game! We choose amusement over thinking.

Let’s now shift into a third gear, a major mind shift. “What is God’s unique plan for you?” We were just talking about amusement and thinking, and in the blink of an eye, we speak of reflection, of delving into the recesses of our mind, into the logistics of God’s existence and its meaning for us. Our mind is a gift that has been given only to mankind. And, we need it to really appreciate and understand Christianity. We must use that mind to try to understand our God’s love, and for our heart, to absorb it. Do you really feel that this is too much trouble to do, that it is too difficult to do? Then, with as much love in my heart that I can possibly have, I say to you, “BE CAREFUL, IF IT REALLY IS TOO MUCH TROUBLE, THEN YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW OR UNDERSTAND JESUS”. I can hear your words of, “Who does he think he is? He doesn’t know me.” I know that sounds harsh. But, if we are truly trying to know Jesus, then NOTHING is too difficult to do; NOTHING is too much trouble to do. We use the gift that God has given us, thought, to learn about God’s plan for us.

The question was asked of us of what we would be when we grew up? It was a normal question and one that seemed reasonable. The correct answer should have been, “I will tell you when I grow up”. But, the question inevitably was answered with, “Doctor”, “Nurse”, “Lawyer”, “Priest”, “Nun” or one of hundreds of other professions and life styles. Unwittingly, we fell into the trap of thinking that THAT life style would define who we would be when we grew up. And so, our goal was established at a specific time for the rest of our life. I ask you now, “Who are you, right now?” Don’t answer with a profession. The correct answer will speak of our likes, our dislikes, what we feel in our heart, what occupies our mind’s thoughts, what we seek, who we love, what are our sorrows, what are we happy about, and what our mistakes have been. Every one of those answers requires us to analyze our self, to think of our life style. They require THOUGHT!! Oh, and by the way, at this same time, we are spelling out God’s unique plan for us.

All of these we have formed us over the years. They are not to be taken lightly. God has helped us, has shaped us, and together with our many, many missteps has formed the person that we are right now. This person, who exists with this body, is facing life as it gradually unfolds before us. We have no right to curse this, or blame that. Life is unfolding before us. God’s will for us is permitting life to unfold. Some of it, we may deem to be good, and some, not so. But it is our life and it is God’s plan for us, at this moment in time. We don’t have the right or the privilege to say, “I will wait for the next hand that you deal”. He wants us to recognize that this hand was given to us by Him. He, who loves us beyond all comprehension, is giving us this current hand (with its’ joy and sorrows), so that we may grow. All of our life has been educating us for this hand, so that we can cope with, accept, and embrace what God has permitted life to deal us. “For this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37) God speaks to us daily. He doesn’t shout. His is a whisper. It is so quiet that we must stop the turmoil in which we are involved. We must quietly listen so that we can hear His whispers in our mind.

Here are some other Posts that blend with this one. Continue the thread:

1) Aim for the WHY?
2) The Tree
3) A Meal With Friends
4) What Does This Mean?