Proverb 16:9 says,  “The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.”



Dear God, please help [this thing] to happen.

(a):  Thank you for it happening!
or  (b): It didn’t happen.  You must have your reasons.

Ever pray like this?   You lift up a prayer, and if it’s answered you praise God.

And if it isn’t answered, you praise God anyway.

Well, now, in some ways that sounds pretty good.

I mean, on the one hand, there’s something nice and neat about this kind of prayer.

No matter the outcome, your faith remains unassailed.

God is still in charge.

It feels safe to pray like this, I know, but something is missing:

Human Agency.

Remember?  God allows things to happen.

Allows us to happen, live without a net.

God is like a parent, guiding an infant taking their first steps.

We still may fall, as we make choices and learn and grow, but we’re never alone.

When you find yourself praying for something to happen in your life,

don’t forget that some of the most important steps,

however timid,

may be yours.


Have a great week,


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