“Dear God, If today I lose my hope please remind me that you plans are better than my dreams.”
When we talk with God and answers do not come in the form we desire, often times it is easy to “lose hope” or conclude that God is not there or is not answering. Yet losing hope is not necessary . . . a way to not lose hope is to be connected with God so that we can hear and see how God leads, provides, and cares for us in our journey as we live into the plan.
House of Cards is a program that I’ve become enthralled with . . .(perhaps because I would see all the places I became very familiar with a few weeks ago as I was LOST driving through DC so many different times! Ha!)
Really, I’m fascinated with it because of the various plots . . . I’ve never seen such maliciousness and people driven by power, prestige, and control. The lead character, Kevin Spacey (the character Frank Underwood), is relentless with his quest for power; to the point of committing murder in a “justifiable” kind of way.
After the murder, he is troubled (go figure), and so he goes to an empty church to pray.
To God he says, “Every time I have spoken to you you have never spoken back. Although given our mutual disdain I can’t blame you for the silent treatment.”
Then to the audience (the camera) he says, “There is no solace above or below. Only us. Small. Solitary. Striving. Battling one another. I pray to myself. For myself.”
What a sad way to exist . . .to pray to oneself, for oneself. There is so much more!
The beauty of a journey with God is that when we allow ourselves the room and space to be still and listen, God shows up, regardless of where we are.
The difficult issue lies in being willing to remove our preconceived ideas and notions so that we can see and hear the voice of God.
Perhaps the “mutual disdain” mentioned by Spacey gets in the way of his ever hearing God.
What is it that could be clouding your view of God?
Your listening to God?
Is there something you can take out of your life, your mind, so that you may more clearly hear and see?
“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me..” (CEB)