Does our vision ever cloud what God wants us to see and experience? Does our way of thinking how something should (or shouldn’t) be ever derail the wonderful thing that God is trying to unfold in front of us? Yes and yes!
In Matthew 16, Jesus tells his disciples about his impending suffering and death. Peter responds with “Never!” Peter wants to hang onto the Jesus he has come to know and love over the last three years. Peter cannot begin to see or understand what God will do through Jesus Christ. How easy it is to get in the way of God’s plans. We can be much the same way. We often cannot see the thing that God has in mind, so we try to limit God.
So often in life we want to avoid the uncomfortable when it is precisely where God wants us to be. When one we know is in the midst of a loss, we want to help them move along and feel better instead of staying in that moment. In that moment is where we find God’s comfort and hope. In a difficult situation when one wants to talk about the struggle and the pain and the hurt, we try to move them along to recovery. Sit, listen, feel where they are at and allow God to enter in and be present with those emotions and thoughts. In time He will bring healing. But we must resist our inclination to steer the bus. Allow God to be in control.
In those times when God is asking us to listen and be present, do just that. Just listen and be present. Don’t try to fix things or make one feel better.Just be there and offer yourself to the one in need. Remember, God is there too.
Scripture reference: Matthew 16: 21-28