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“I ran into a good friend the other day,” Stan began.
“Have a nice visit?” I asked.
“No,” was Stan’s one-word answer.
“That woman was feeling real low. And there seemed to be nothing I could say that would help.”
“I don’t want to pry,” I said, “but why was she feeling so down?”
“She’s mad at God,” was Stan’s immediate response.
“What did He do to make her mad?”
“Didn’t answer her prayer,” Stan replied.
“I don’t know a whole lot about such things,” I said, “but it doesn’t seem like a really good idea to get mad at God.”
“It’s not only not a good idea, it is very unproductive,” Stan said. “But it is not uncommon. And it almost always has the same root.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Thinking that I know better than God does about what is best for me. Too many times I have prayed a self-focused prayer only to end up dejected because God didn’t answer it the way I wanted when I wanted.”
“Dejection over something God does or does not do is always wrong.”
“If I am feeling dejected, all I have to do is look at my prayer life or my relationship with God to find the likely answer.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . peace. Galatians 5:22.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the peace with which you want to fill me. Help me to focus on everything in my life from your perspective, and not from my self-centered focus that too often makes requests and demands of you that are contrary to what you have for me to be and to do. I know any sense of dejection is not from you, but is from the evil one. I want and ask for all of the peace you can provide. Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.