I’m often amazed at the parent who is able to stand by and watch their child have a full blown tantrum. The kind where she’s on the ground with her back arched, tears and snot dripping down her face. She doesn’t want anyone to come near her. She is so mad, she completely exhausts herself until there are no more tears to cry. Finally, after what seems like forever, it’s over. She remains limp on the floor with her body in repair, an occasional gasping breath is the only sound in the room. It’s the parent’s cue the child is ready to be comforted.
Perhaps you have had moments when you were tremendously upset and confused. You ask God the tough questions, the “why” questions. Why didn’t I get the job? Why can’t the person I love be in my life anymore? Why does (fill in the blank) keep happening to me? Sometimes we get in our way. Suddenly we are lost within ourselves, our desires, our plan.
It is one thing to know God knows what is best. It is another level of spiritual maturity when you choose to let go of the perfect plan and best case scenario YOU have created and allow God to unfold a different path.
He never leaves us. He is standing by ready to wipe our tears. He holds our disappointed hearts in His sovereign hands and when we are ready, He shows us what is best. It doesn’t come in the form of “yes”. Often times it is still the hard answer, “no”. But, God is all-knowing; He has a perspective view that has all the pieces to our story.
So, how should we respond when our heart doesn’t line up with God’s will?
“Trust in the LORD with all of your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6