Trusting in God’s Future
What does the future hold for us personally and collective as the body of Christ, in particular for The United Methodist Church, as we prayerfully move closer to General and Jurisdictional Conferences? I know that is the question being formed in a million hearts, and whispered in a million anxious voices. We have no way of knowing. But we do know that we have never and will never have to face the future alone.
God has promised to be with us each step on our journey of faith. One of the things I am learning to do with each passing day is to make myself available to God with a non-anxious spirit. It is very hard to do, especially with all the voices screaming in our hearts and souls. I am simply learning to let go and let God direct my path. I have made it a point, in the words of Sue Monk Kidd, to “take up availability as a discipline, as a form of spiritual practice, like meditation, prayer, or Scripture reading.” Wherever the path might lead, we will always be accompanied by the One who created us and gives us life.
I invite you to quieten your spirit and hold this thought in your mind for a moment. There is nothing else we need to know. God’s Will shall be done. There is no reason to fear: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor heights, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 8:38-39]
Whatever hardships come our way will only serve to strengthen our dependence on God’s grace. Whatever conflicts we endure will only be opportunities to offer agape. Through the practice of availability may we be forgiving, healing vessels of peace. By the power of God, live one precious day at a time, leaving your heart open for the movement of God’s spirit. I offer this prayer from Richard J. Foster that is becoming increasingly life-giving to me as I make myself available to God’s will:
A Prayer of Relinquishment
Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you. May your will be my delight today. May your way have sway in me. May your love be the pattern of my living. I surrender to you my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions. Do with them what you will, when you will, as you will.
I place into your loving care my family, my friends, my future. Care for them with a care that I can never give. I release into your hands my need to control, my craving for status, my fear of obscurity. Eradicate the evil, purify the good, and establish your kingdom on earth. For Jesus’ sake. Amen. [Richard J. Foster: Prayers from the Heart]
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