walking blind

“Lord, please make it easy for (…you fill in the blank…) to happen. In the name of Jesus I ask and thank you.” How simple! Just give me my way! How many times have I prayed for something that is not God’s plan? Am I praying for what is needed?

I desperately want an easy life for the people I love. I want security for the old people and pure and holy adventure for the youth. I want power for my country. I want freedom of pain for the hurting. I want saints to go home on the wings of peaceful sleep. I want good-paying, fulfilling jobs for all men and women who are willing to work hard. I want those who won’t work to realize they are wasting God-given lives and to get off their haunches and find jobs. I want the southern border closed. I want North Korea to be nice.  I want rain.  

Praying my will may hinder the Lord in guiding my loved ones into his plan as I continue to enable them. Praying my will might hold back the death angel while my loved one lies in pain awaiting her homecoming. Praying my will may stop the gospel being spread into the lives of those who do not know Christ. Praying my will may not bring discipline into my life that would be healthy for me. Praying my will might result in people living “soft lives” and be totally unarmed when the devil assaults them with fiery darts. 

I’m reminded that God says, “(You) do not know the thoughts of the Lord, (you) do not understand my plan” (Micah 4:12). I find myself much like Peter who rejected the idea of Jesus going willingly to his death. Matthew 16:23 “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men…” If Peter had had his way, neither he nor I could have been redeemed.

As I look back,  I rejoice that God took me through that valley of death, even though I had sought him with bitter tears to give me a miracle that would not include that path! Today I rejoice in the knowledge that his plan was better. I did not know his thoughts.  

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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10 Responses to I DO NOT SEE AS GOD SEES

  1. soothing words Oneta!!!

  2. Salvageable says:

    For all these reasons, Jesus taught us to pray “Thy will be done.” Those are difficult words. Jesus knows. He prayed them in a garden. But when I pray, “Lord, please make it easy for *** to happen,” I also pray, “Thy will be done. I know that, if you do not grant this request, you have something better in mind.” J.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    Thanks zones. Needed to hear this today❤️

    • oneta hayes says:

      He is faithful; he is trustworthy; he is dependable. He sees what we cannot see. He invites us to give to him the burdens that will break our backs carried alone. Thanks for the comment.

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    This is really wonderful I can relate. As a young very young woman I thought I have it so easy, everything pretty much goes smoothly. I could do as I pleased and be okay. Than so became ill and that changed my life. At times when I’m exhausted I hate it and other times I understand, throughout the last decade have seen God’s plan working against mine. The good that had come of this. There is a Bible verse that talks about God wanting us to “prosper” and I have learned, am still learning what following his path means despite times of suffering.

    Thank you for sharing.

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