Today I am grateful. I am grateful that I have a God who cares not just about me, but about each of us individually and perfectly.
A few years back I was praying hard for a job opportunity that seemed perfect for me and my family’s situation. It would provide the financial security we needed while my husband went to school. And honestly, the job kind of fell into my lap and said TAKE ME! And so I interviewed and felt excellent. But the waiting game was hard. So I just kept praying it would be right.
It was during this waiting period that I had an impression that has changed the way I prayed. I realized that I could very well not be the only one praying hard for this job. Someone else could be doing exactly what I was doing. Hoping. Praying. Hoping some more. And it was in that moment that I realized that God knew and cared about me, and about whatever person was out there hoping and praying. And whether I got the job or not he was going to answer my prayer. He answers each of our prayers. And me makes sure to take care of all of us.
We always talk about being selfless and loving. But I think that we honestly forget that at times when we are talking with our Father in Heaven. For me I find it is always about answering my question the way I want it to. I do it all the time! And so when the answer comes I get more frustrated than relieved. It is the few times I actually remember to pray selflessly and remember God will take care of me regardless that I truly find peace in prayer.
One of my favorite quotes is from Winnie the Pooh:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”
The fact that God loves each of us perfectly and individually is a beautiful concept, and one that has personally helped me in seeking answers and blessings. He believes that we are braver than we believe, stronger than we seem, and smarter than we think. And he knows we can get through the times where it seems like our answers aren’t going to be answered the way we want them to be answered. But the key thing is that regardless of what happens, he is always with us. He will always be there to help us receive the experiences we need in live to become better and stronger. We just have to lean on him.
And I am truly grateful for that.