“Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4: 1)
Our prayers to God most often find us somewhere between the “already” and the “not yet.” We lift up our prayer from a place of what is going on in our lives at present, and we do so with the belief that through God’s wonderful blessing our circumstances will shift and change to what we ultimately desire to experience. One thing I love about our scripture is “you gave me room in my distress.” In the midst of whatever we are experiencing God is giving us space to recognize our answer and, to more importantly, grow in our faith as we move through that concern. This Psalm could have easily been one of lament and struggle through a time of distress, but instead it is one of hope, trust and possibility.
What is going on in your life today? We all have dreams, hopes, desires and expectations for a new tomorrow. Even within our “already,” no matter how that is looking for us, the presence of Spirit God is awesomely there, powerfully full of infinite blessing. In our “already” we can relax after offering up our prayer. We can let go, and allow God to move within us. What now seems to be the “not yet” will soon take place. But remember something very important. The “not yet” may show up in ways we had not thought possible. While we are waiting, praying and believing in our “miracle,” God is causing us to move to a new place, a new understanding and a new realization of Spirit working in our life. We are being changed, molded into new creation, one that is ever so much more receptive to the Spirit of God speaking in, through, and as, us. As we change, our answers to prayer change as well. Remember to be open for the new blessing, however that may look. Part of the wonder and thrill of receiving our answers is in the “awe-struck” moment we have when we first realize indeed our answer has arrived.
Know this about what is “already” in your life: You are now and forever blessed by God, loved unconditionally by God, healed by God, anointed by God, and created perfectly by God. You are God’s beloved child. You are, not because you can earn it, (because you can’t), but because God loves you already with a grace that can not now, or ever, be broken.
Affirmation: “Even though I may not yet see the answers I seek, I know God is right now, and always, blessing me abundantly.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
Join us for worship at Church In Bethesda each Sunday at 11 AM. You will be inspired, challenged, blessed and filled with positive inspiration for your each bright and exciting tomorrow. This wonderful congregation, just outside of Washington, D.C. in suburban Maryland, is a dynamic witness to the community of God’s unconditional love, grace and reconciliation. This church stands as a beacon of light for new hope and possibility that through Christ’s welcoming, unconditional and inclusive embrace, we can all experience a deep and meaningful relationship with Spirit/God, as well as with one another. An open and affirming congregation, all are welcome to join in this amazing ministry. We are located at 5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Maryland, just off Old Georgetown Road, in the heart of downtown Bethesda. http://www.churchinbethesda.org
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