Storming the Heavens
“In you, O Lord, do I put my trust” Psalm 71:1
One of my least favorite feelings is feeling helpless. When I see my nearest & dearest loved ones carrying such a heavy cross, all I want is to take it away. Or at least carry their cross for maybe a day, so they can have a rest.
I frequently bug them about what I can do to help, but if you have people as strong as these in your life, you know they won’t ask for anything, and they may not know what to tell you to do. So, I usually try to fill this ache with extra visits, the biggest of hugs, and small ways to show them love. However, those always feel insufficient. And as much as I yearn to find the one thing that will fix everything, or stumble upon the cure for cancer, I realize that the biggest thing I can do is simply pray.
And even though, to me, that doesn’t feel like enough, this week I was gently reminded that God knows how to be a better god than I do. As I was getting caught up in telling God exactly what I needed- like, not only a miracle, but I need you to heal this person now, and give that person peace, and please, Mary, wrap your arms around this person tomorrow- there was a small verse at the bottom of my journal page that said, “In you, O Lord, do I put my trust” Ps 71:1.
It made me realize that although intentional prayer is most certainly important, Jesus knows our hearts better than we do, and He knows what we need and what others need more than ourselves.
In realizing that prayer is the single most important thing we can do, then our biggest job is to pray our hearts out every single day.
If we truly trust God and the power of prayer, we can be confident that He will give them the hope, peace, grace, strength or whatever it is that they need most. He may send someone along their path that can make their cross lighter than I can. He may grant us a miracle, he may give them the peace they need, or maybe he will use you or I as an instrument to help those we love.
Nevertheless, for a God who can do all things, I need to stop stressing about what else I can do, and trust that if I give it to Him, and pray consistently, He will do far greater than I could have imagined. And maybe even use me to help my loved ones, if I’m lucky.
So if I know that prayer is the most powerful thing I can do, then my biggest job is to get as many prayers up to heaven for these beautiful people in my life.
And for that, I need your help. Today, I ask you, sisters, to please pray for the Bengel family as Hannah’s dad has a long and scary surgery today. And also to continue praying for the Nurenberg family, as Katie’s mom is carrying her heavy cross of fighting cancer as well. There most definitely is strength in numbers, so never forget the incredible power of prayer. And let us know if there is anything we can help YOU pray for!
From the very bottom of our hearts, thank you for reading and thank you for your prayers!