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I found a dead squirrel in the road. Being a young boy I felt sad, partly because in San Diego, we didn’t see that many squirrels. My younger brother and I were riding our bikes around the neighborhood. I picked up the still limp body, laid it reverently on my bike seat and took it home. My Mom could fix it.
As a young child I believed Mom could fix any problem. My sadness increased as Mom explained there are just some problems Moms cannot fix.
As I mature into my old age in my spiritual life I have progressed from a new Traveler who believed that GOD could and would fix anything. Preachers and teachers pumped me full of, ‘ask GOD for big things for we have a big GOD;” “There is no problem that GOD cannot fix.” I sucked in those human promises as a child sucks in pop through a straw.
A man asked JESUS for healing. “Do you believe I can heal you?” JESUS asked. “Yes, LORD, if you want to.” JESUS answered, “I want to.”
Therein is the rub, the want to. As I grow older I have learned that GOD can accomplish anything. It is HIS want to that I have to deal with. Sometimes my wants and HIS wants do not coincide. I walk away from my prayers with slumped shoulders and sadness: GOD doesn’t want to.
Yes, I know. GOD’s no’s are simply ‘maybe’s’ and ‘not quite yet.’ I’ve heard that sooooo many times, I've grown sick of it. That doesn’t help my moods or the ache in my heart for my wife, children, grandchildren, close friends, my brothers and sisters dying in foreign lands, America. I still ache. I still want the ‘big’ prayers to be answered in the positive.
Dead squirrels don’t matter much to me anymore. Healings of disabilities, reconciliations of ruined relationships, lying politicians, luke warm churches and my own spiritual growth have become my pressing desires.
Wait on the LORD. Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.
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