Don't tune God

Whenever she came to a junction of two roads, she would throw a feather in the air and take the road towards which the feather swayed. People of the town regularly watched this lady. 

On one occasion, she threw-up a feather several times and finally took the road. A curious onlooker asked her why she threw-up the feather several times when she always did it once in the past.

The lady replied “I threw up the feather several times because the feather was not going in the direction I wanted it to. After the feather went in the direction I wanted it to go, I took the road.”

Is it not true that many times we pray that we should do God’s will but deep in our heart we want God to bend to our will? God may want us to take a different road, a different decision, a different response or reaction to a situation, but we tend to bend God to tune His will with ours. This can be noticed in the manner in which we pray at times.

A businessman may be praying for a particular order to come through but God may have greater plans for him.

A parent may be praying for a specific life partner for their son or daughter, but God may have a better choice.A job-seeker may be giving deadlines for the Lord to find a job, but God may have a different date.

Jesus during His last moments before the crucifixion, went into the garden of Gethsemane to pray (Mark 14:35-36). He was tempted to escape the crucifixion and so prayed to the Heavenly Father “Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take away this cup of suffering from me”. But He surrendered to the will of God saying “Yet not my will, but Your will be done”.

When Prophet Jonah was asked to go to Nineveh to ask the people to repent, he avoided Nineveh assuming that the people will never listen to him or repent. But God’s will was to be accomplished. God miraculously and in strange ways led Him to Nineveh.

Jonah preached, and to his shock and surprise, all the people repented for their sins. The will of God will never lead us where His grace cannot keep us. God has a plan for each of us, in good times and in bad. We must look to accepting His will.

The allurements or threats of this world may lead us away from the will of God.
Jesus cautioned saying: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (Mathew 7:13) It is safer to be in a storm with God than to be anywhere else without God.

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