“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.”
Psalm 39:7 (NLT)
I’ve been praying a lot lately. Not that prayer is new to me; it isn’t. But sometimes it seems like every breath is a prayer and, at times, the breathing can be labored. Deep inhales; even deeper exhales. I wonder when or if certain prayers will be answered. I know God is good. In my heart, I know He hears and answers prayers. In my head, at times, it feels as if these heartfelt prayers will never be answered. Then, guilt tries to step in.
I am blessed. I have a caring, loving family. Loving, supportive friends. All my needs are met in abundance. Good health, roof over my head, car with a full tank of gas, food in the refrigerator, plus lots of extras. For God’s gracious gifts, I am truly thankful. But my deepest prayers don’t involve “needs.” God has richly supplied all my needs. My deepest prayers involve “wants.”
I want consistency, predictability. I want my husband to remember what he shared with me. I want my daughter to meet and marry her God-ordained husband. I want my husband to walk our daughter down the aisle when God does send her husband. I want to kiss and snuggle with my, yet to be born, grandchildren. I want to share thoughts, stories, ideas, and other stuff waiting to come out. I want to know I will see my deepest hopes and dreams happen. I know everything will be okay if my wants never materialize. I know it; but I don’t always feel it.
Then, today, my sister, Arie, sent me a picture of beautiful yellow lilies growing in her yard in East Margaretsville, Nova Scotia (Canada). This is a God whisper. For weeks, they have had very wintry weather with rain and snow. Yet, despite the harsh weather, these lilies found a way to break through into an amazing show of beauty. Biblically, lilies represent rebirth and hope. Yellow signifies joy and the presence of God. Last week, Arie sent me a picture of a rainbow symbolizing hope. I know Arie has been experiencing her share of needs and wants. So, these are Arie’s God whispers. They speak to her on a very personal level. Whispers of rebirth, hope, joy, and the presence of God.
Arie’s sharing her pictures of the rainbow, the lilies represents my God whisper. Hope. Isn’t it amazing how God touches each of us in His own unique way? “Needs,” wants;” no judgement. Just love. Guilt slips away. God’s blessed assurance says everything will be all right.
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow…. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you.”
(Matthew 6:28, 30)
Dear God, thank You for your blessings. Thank You for a caring, sharing sister, whose pictures of God’s magnificent handiwork remind me of Your promises. God, You have blessed me so abundantly. I have hope. God, bless my loved ones abundantly. Thank You! Amen, Amen, Amen.
All photos taken by Arie Chever-McBride, East Margaretsville, Nova Scotia