Friday, September 25, 2009

Does God ever get tired of hearing us ask for the same things over and over again? Sometimes we wonder about that when we've asked God for something so many times.
I got a pretty good answer the other night on a visit to a friends house.
She has struggled with eye problems for some time now and it seems to get worse all the time. She told me that the other night after she finished praying with her husband before bed that she asked him if he thought God ever got tired of hearing her ask that he would heal her eyes. Her husband (who is 89 years wise) kindly but firmly told her that there was no way God would ever get tired of hearing about her eyes.
She told me how she had quit praying that God would heal her eyes and had begun to thank him that she still can see as good as she does.
That floored me. What humility and gratitude towards God!
It's so easy for us to see God as some sort of genie in a lamp that gives us the things we want just because that's what he's made for.
I was so convicted by the fact that I constantly am asking God to do "this" or do "that" for me but I too often forget to spend some time thanking him for the kindness he has shown me.
I hope the lesson I learned on that visit sticks with me.
And by the way, she found out a couple of weeks ago that she is going to be able to get some new glasses that will really help her to see more like she used to.
I guess God likes it when we bring him our troubles and admit our utter dependence on him.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.


Anonymous said...

Hi Raymond,
Your mom shared your blog with me, and I just read quite a bit of your words of wisdom. I first must say what an impressive writer you are! You share honestly and with the same integrity I see in your dad and grandfather. A man of the Word, and an observer of life through a lens that is guided by Truth and Life!

Good job! I'll keep reading. From things you share, you're totally blessed of God. Your own following Him is to be commended, but you married a woman who is as focused. Your children are so sweet, so cute, and the way you write, it feels like I know them. A nice touch.

I really enjoyed my time spent with you 'n yourin. :-)


Peggie said...

Hey Raymond!!

Your dad directed me to "God is the Author of the Storm". I was very impressed by your ssermon. I was in total agreement, and I can testify to the truth in what you share.

I am also amazed that the little kid who used to try to ignite dried leaves on my front walk with a magnifying glass could so eloquently share the wonderful attributes of Christ in such a moving and awesome manner! I was touched by what you shared, and I was most impressed with your annointing.

You and your family are in my prayers daily. I'm excited to be involved that much in your ministry!

I'm excited that you are such an energized and enthusiastic Worker in His Harvest!

I continue to hold you up in His Name!