When things aren't going well, my first response is always...how can I fix it! I am action oriented and quick to tap into my resources to solve the current problem, heal a hurt, mend a break or comfort a broken heart. Sometimes the issues, hurts or problems aren't even mine to fix. I often bring my own understanding into the situation I'm trying to help, but my voice sometimes drowns out the voice of God. These are the areas I wrestle with, especially when advising my children. I struggle with a need to be active and busy, showing noticeable progress along the way. In an emotionally charged situation where your anger and fear are fueled by frustration, it is tempting to keep moving forward thinking your assistance is good and just, but losing sight of God. Being still in prayer may not seem immediately like you are closer to a solution, although I am reminded that praying IS active and should always be our 1st response, not our last resort.
Jeff's message last week was for me, as we have all felt so often. I recently heard from my son away at college who needed guidance for a situation he found himself in brought on by a poor choice. It was my first instinct to 'fix' the situation, but paused before my actions created more damage. I was feeling the miles between us and the distance left me feeling helpless. I prayed and asked God to be 'at the center' as this situation could derail the potential for so much good. God is a big God and I know he was beside my son, as He has always been. I texted him and told him that God wants to be in the details, so make sure He is part of your conversation. Things worked out well in this case, praise God. May I always remember less of me, and more of you God. And I will keep praying in the valleys.