If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
Thought for the Day: God does not bring confusion. He brings peace.
Asking for prayers of discernment and clarity on Facebook was not something I planned on doing as I awoke. As my day progressed, I found my heart being tugged in so many different directions that I knew I needed others praying me through my confusion. As the prayers poured in and friends responded whether in silence, “likes” or “comments”, I felt a prayer circle around me. There is nothing like having a “blanket” wrapped around you with the warmth that comes from it. I was touched by the way so many obviously took time to pray and to help me with words of encouragement. As the comments came in, I read each one, and at first felt more confused than before. Then I talked to “Mom” who reminded me that the feeling of being pulled in so many different directions was not from God, as I had been wanting, but it was from Satan. Satan comes into situations and confuses things. Those of us waiting for God become impatient and begin grasping at anything that comes our way. That is what I was doing, and that is what was causing my confusion. She suggested that I say, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not wanted here!” So, I got off the phone and yelled. I yelled at Satan and told him to get away from me, and to get away from my family. I told him that I only want God to lead my life and that I do not want his confusion. Then I prayed for God to continue leading me to my next step, and I realize that I still have to wait.
In my very early time sitting on the couch with my husband, I shared with him some of the prayers and comments that came in as a response to my prayer request. One came in that seemed to touch us in a deep way. “God is not the author of confusion. If you are unsure, having doubts, then you may want to wait…”. Those words came from a teacher friend who worked with me in my first teaching position 29 years ago. She knows me, she knows my heart, and she knows God. Today, I continue my wait for I know God is with me.
Prayer: God, sometimes we cry out for you and in our confusion of circumstances, we hear other voices that confuse us even more. Lord, we know that confusion is not from you. Please help us hear your clear strong voice when we need clarity in our lives. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those feeling confusion