GIFTS OF EMPTY BOXES
Are you giving so much time and effort to a problem that you feel empty? Do trials in your life make you feel alone? Are there difficulties that simply have you stumped? How do you pray for them? Do you ever feel so frustrated about a situation, you simply don’t know how to ask God to help?
I’m sure we’ve all been there. Sometimes I just give up and don’t know what to ask of God. Do you wonder, like I do- if the problem will ever be resolved?
I had one of those days recently. I was praying for the same things, the same answers, and was losing faith that they’d ever be resolved. Drained and empty, finally, in a quiet moment when I just stopped talking, I heard, “Give them to me.” I know that many of us have experienced those moments, and have been reminded many times to give the problem to God. How easy it is to forget this.
I prayed for the salvation of my loved one. I continued praying, pointing out to God that she needed this, she needed that and she was hopelessly confused about a decision she needed to make. This decision involved another person who was equally entangled in problems. His decisions could well improve hers, or could just as possibly make them worse. The whole situation did seem impossible. I sighed, heaving my shoulders up and down and just holding my hands out to God. It was then I realized, I was not leaving the outcome to God.
When I learned I had cancer, I cried, yelled, ranted, threatened God with dismissal (and essentially did dismiss Him) and then gave up. I held out my hands much as I had before and shrugged. No answers came to me.
I could offer God the empty box of myself and ask Him to take over and fill it up as He saw fit. He did. It did not always contain the answers I was hoping for, but they were the right answers at the right time.
I was also reminded that when someone has a special talent, they are usually pleased when another asks them to use it. Don’t you see that when you express your appreciation to a musically talented individual? Do you show your appreciation to someone with a gift of designing web sites, or creating delicious desserts?
Our Father gives us many gifts, and rejoices when we give Him gifts of praise, sacrifice and obedience. He is able to administer many skills. God is creative, gracious, patient, able to discern, an unfailing listener, compassionate, powerful and many more things. Our Lord is also able to handle our problems. Shouldn’t we appreciate his ability? If we are grateful for His competence, should we not depend on it?
AN EMPTY BOX
I think it honors God greatly when we are dependent on his decision, and we simply say, “Here God, this is your project. I know you can do a great job with it, and I trust you do so.” We do not need to add our 2-cents worth to the box, no ingredients are needed, no other bargains. Just give God empty box and let Him manage the recipe.
I want to give Him these problems. I will fill up my little God Box and give the problems to him willingly. Now, my box is empty. God took the contents. I know I can trust Him to take it from here.
April Boyer © Feb. 2004-2017
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