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I have not lived life on a straight line. Heck, I don’t think I was always moving the same direction. But, I’ve realized that, despite the mistakes I’ve made (which have been many) and the struggles I’ve had (many brought on myself), I would not be where I am today without all those twists, turns, detours and crashes. I was reading an old post from Sarah Mae this morning and this line really struck me:
Accept who you are, your weaknesses and your strengths, and trust God will the details.
That advice is incredibly simple and incredibly difficult to follow. As a species, we are not very good at accepting who we are. If you do a Google search for “self-help” you get 122 million hits. “Lose weight” gets you 118 million hits. “Better parenting” gets you 80 million hits. There is no shortage of advice on how to do things better out there. Often, instead of accepting our weaknesses, we seek out how to change them. How to “fix” them. And instead of accepting our strengths, we find them to be lacking and look to do more with them. I don’t know about you, but I’m not very good about trusting God with the details a lot of the time. I’m getting better in my old age, as I realize that the old Garth Brooks (The Ultimate Hits) song line from Unanswered Prayers is pretty true:
Sometimes I thank God, for unanswered prayers. Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs…just because he doesn’t answer, doesn’t mean he don’t care. Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
It isn’t always easy to wrap our heads around that, especially in our society of immediate gratification. But, it is good to remember and dwell on when we aren’t getting the answers we want or expect.