Thy Will Be Done
Let’s start 2016 with a bit of honesty: I struggle to trust the Lord’s will for my life. There – I said it. I don’t think that I’m the only one with this struggle – the only one who fights the constant battle to pry my own fingers off of my life and release it to the Lord. I’m in a current stage of life where it seems that every time I log into social media someone is celebrating a new exciting chapter of life. While these announcements fill me with joy, I also find myself comparing my journey to theirs and wondering what the Lord’s plan for my life is. Thankfully in the midst of my struggles and doubts, I have a God who speaks truth into my life.
During my daily devotions, I came across a quote by Peter Kreeft that stopped me right in my tracks: “No one who ever said to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and meant it with his heart, every failed to find joy—not just in heaven, or even down the road in the future in this world, but in this world at that very moment.” Wow. Just let that sink in. There is joy, great joy in surrendering to the Lord’s will. Oh but how difficult it is to live this out. To say each day, “thy will be done.”
We are not alone in this struggle. Jesus, kneeling in the garden of Gethsemane, prayed: “My father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39) He gets it: this struggle to trust the Lord with our lives. And yet he knew that the Lord’s will—no matter what it is—is good, pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2).
What does this mean for me? For us? As I enter into 2016 I want to fight the daily battle to say “thy will be done.” I want to mean it with my heart—even when it’s hard. I want to stop comparing the Lord’s will for others’ lives to my own. I want to celebrate that the Lord has a unique, perfect plan for each person’s life.
Will you join me? Will you lay down your plans for the Lord’s? As we dive into our upcoming series about loving our neighbor, I’m reminded that loving my neighbor means loving myself (Mark 12:31). Isn’t part of loving ourselves loving the plan that the Lord has for us, even when it’s not clear to us in this moment?
Megan Slinger, Inviting & Connecting Assistant