“Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask.” — Matthew 6:8
I’m a planner. Always have been, always will be. I look ahead, anticipate things, and strategize to either make good things happen or keep bad things from happening.
Planners, by definition, have difficulty relinquishing control. That’s not exactly conducive to the faith/trust Jesus talked about and modeled. Faith for such in-control people is, “I trust God, because I anticipate everything is going to be all right because everything is all right now.” But when storms approach, faith becomes, “I trust God, but I’m going to work real hard to change that weather forecast.”
A while back, during a quiet moment, I heard a tiny inner voice. “Let me love you.” It gave me the proverbial cause to pause. Those four little words sum up Jesus’ message, because he said that’s all God really asks of us. Faith is allowing our Parent to dote over us. No need to throw tantrums when things don’t go our way, nor make demands. Just be grateful that God has created you out of love and for love. No wonder Jesus told us not to worry about about tomorrow (or lab results, relationships…). How can a mom or dad not know what the needs of a son or daughter are? The same goes for the Parent whose heart is as incomprehensibly huge as the universe that Mother/Father created.
I now remember each day the little sermon from that little voice, especially when I start thinking, “What if…”
I’m practicing responding with four words of my own: “Let me be loved.”