In Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, the 12th book in Jan Karon’s Mitford Series, Father Tim Kavanagh says there is one prayer God always answer with a yes: Thy will be done.
However, there is a caveat, he cautions when Sharon McCurdy asks, “That’s it?”
“One must pray it with a surrendered heart.”
After praying for Sharon, who is unable to pray herself because of her doubts, he adds:
“When I speak God’s will, it helps to know that he wants the best for us. If you can’t believe he’s there, pray anyway. If you feel he’s cheap and withholding, thank him anyway. There will come a time when you’ll thank him even for the hard places.”
Some of us struggle with doubt and that can keep us from trusting in God’s will. Others are so confident and determined to do great things that we may forget that God’s will is supreme. Either way, we believe that we know better than He does. It takes a great deal of courage and humility to trust that He not only knows what’s best, that He not only is able to do what’s best but also that He is willing to do what’s best. Why? Because He loves us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
I have a lot more I’d like to share in the coming weeks—much has been going on during my blogging hiatus—but I just wanted to pass along this word of encouragement to you.
I urge you to meditate on these four powerful words—Thy will be done—this week. This beautiful song from Hillary Scott may help:
I’ll be back soon! Until then, let me share one quick link with you. Click here to download my free printable and colourable September calendar. (Yes, you can share it!)