Special to Faith Reboot from Lisa Ackland Carriere (lisaacklandcarriere.com)
“What the –?”
Many times I hear people (okay, let’s be honest—my kids are starting to do it) start to curse and then fall silent. They expect you to fill in the word.
They didn’t say the curse word, so they don’t feel badly for beginning the phrase.
When I’m frustrated with God, my prayers sometimes sound like “what the” prayers. I have had a lot of these upon moving out of state to an area where I knew no one and had no connections. (I’m big on following God’s will, and this move was clearly orchestrated by Him. Plus, my husband and I waited four years until we were in unity about God’s leading.)
Everything was supposed to fit in place and be better than before. Right?
“Lord, my child is having a really hard time making the right friends and understanding a new curriculum in the new school. What the —?”
“Lord, I need a new job, but without local connections, I’m unsure as to how to get one in my skills set. What the —?”
“Lord, I need my husband more because I have no significant friends here, but he’s put off by my neediness. What the —?”
“Lord, I’m in a new church where no one recognizes my spiritual gift of teaching. I’m floundering without a way to serve. What the —?”
Because I desire to follow God’s will, I expect a land of milk and honey. But I see a desert. Is this God’s will, then, that in spite of the wilderness, He wants me to trust Him to create the opportunities for me?
His voice tells me this: “When you sense frustration, instead of giving into it, thank Me. I have already provided for you.”
Thus, my prayer today becomes this: “Lord, I need new friends, but people around me have grown up in this town. Thank You for already providing me with new friends who want my friendship and can benefit from what I have to offer. Draw us together, Lord, so I can understand who You want me to befriend. And help me to wait patiently until I meet them. Amen.”