Anna’s God Box
The other day I was searching for my box of checks. We do our bill paying online so we rarely write checks and I just couldn’t remember where I keep the unused checks.
While looking through every drawer and basket I could think of, I came across something even better, a treasure: my God Box.
Several years ago I came across the idea of writing down my prayer requests on separate pieces of note paper, one page for each person in my life. Then I folded those notes and placed them in this box. And promptly forgot about the whole thing.
So when I found the box yesterday, I could not remember what it was or why I had labeled it Anna’s “God Box.” Until I looked inside and found about a dozen tightly folded notes.
As I read each one in turn, I alternated between sadness and joy. Some of my written prayers had not come to pass, but several of them had turned out as wonderful as I had wanted. This led me to do some serious thinking. If these prayers were not answered in the exact way I had prayed for them, did that mean God was not listening?
I’m thinking… no.
What it may mean is that God knows what is best for us and we don’t. A different answer to our prayers may simply mean that our solution is not God’s design for that situation. If He is truly our All in All, then what He allows in our lives must be the absolute best for us, whether we believe that at the time or not.
I guess it’s a matter of faith rather than feelings. Oh, can I ever get caught up in feelings! But if I believe that God loves me so much that He wants only the best for me, then I have to let go of my uncertain feelings and trust that He will make everything right … in His timing. And that’s good enough for me.
Oh, and the saying on the top of my God Box?
“This is the day
the Lord hath made
Let us rejoice
And be glad in it.”
Rejoicing with you for this Lord-made day,