Tuesday, July 24, 2012
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV. This is one of my favorite verses. I found this story online: If you take delight in the Lord (and that’s easy to do!), He will tend to the desires of your heart. So, does that mean He’ll give us everything we ask for in prayer? Not necessarily. The scripture doesn’t promise that He’ll give us everything we ask for, but it does say that He will tend to the desires of our heart. Recently, a lady called in to a local Christian radio station to share about how she had prayed for a couple of years about her family’s finances, their car problems, bills they had to pay, and things her family needed. She became frustrated when she didn’t feel that her prayers were being answered, and she found herself upset with God. While sharing her frustrations in prayer, she felt God asking her what she truly desired in life. She answered that her true desires were for her children-that they would be healthy and do well in life. As she responded, she realized that God had known what truly mattered to her and had indeed been looking after her children. She was quite moved by this experience, especially since it was the first time she felt God personally in her life.
This experience changed her heart and her outlook. She began praising God as she saw the many ways He’d been blessing her. She’d been too focused on the negatives to see the positives. And then an amazing thing happened. As she began trusting God with her deepest desires, He began to help her in other areas of her life. Their financial situation has now greatly improved, as she has continued to praise and trust Him, He has blessed her in many other ways too.
In my life, I’ve recently received a blessing that I didn’t even ask for. I had started a Couch to 5K program. I began running so that I can pass the PT for promotion at work. I always do better when I have someone to workout with me who will motivate and push me to do give it my all. But, with my odd schedule of working mostly evening/night hours, it is hard to find a workout buddy who is available when I am. But, a Facebook friend posted that she was looking for a workout buddy to run/walk with. So, I sent her a message, and we’ve been running 4 times in the past week. Today, while we were running, she mentioned that we should come up with Scriptures of the week to memorize as we run. How wonderful is it that God reunited me with a Christian runner. I didn't even know to ask for it when I prayed. But, God knew what my heart’s desire would be. Remember, put your trust in God in the big things and the little things. He cares about it all, and He knows us better than we know ourselves.