I did a bit of walking today (Sunday).Â Not a significant amount by most people’s standards, but for me it was quite a bit.Â It’s not a short walk from the parking lot to church.Â I added a trip to a friend’s new house, Super-Walmart, and then multiple trips up and down my steps.Â See?Â Not that much for most people, but a different story for me and my damaged and repaired legs.
This evening as I stretched out on the couch to watch some Netflix between stages of laundry, I ached.Â My better leg had muscle cramps.Â The heel of my worse leg was tender–almost hamburger tender but not quite.Â My thyroid had a few achey moments, too.Â I thought, “Am I ever going to know what it’s like to be pain-free?”Â That was followed by telling God how tired I was of being in pain most of the time.
And then it hit—my head slapping “DUH!” moment.Â I realize that while I pray about many things, I seldom pray about my own needs–especially my pain.Â So I stopped my groaning and prayed for relief and healing.Â A few moments later I realized the pain had subsided.
I know God sometimes says no to our requests because he has purposes we can’t see–or because we’re asking for something ridiculous.Â I know sometimes he says wait a while.Â I also know there are times when his yes is quick.Â I know sometimes I guess how he’ll answer and then don’t bother to ask.Â Silly me.
I often insist that we can’t make decisions for people, we need to let them give us their yes or no.Â How strange that I don’t apply that same principle to God.Â I need to ask him regularly for what I need—the big and the small, and not just decide that I already know how he’ll answer because he does say, “Yes!”Â at times.
Have you had any head slapping, “Duh!” moments lately?
photo courtesy of stezinis