“Stop asking how long Lord BUT instead ask how deep Lord?” This was my takeaway from church yesterday.
Wow. I didn’t like that at all. I want to know how long. How long am I going to be struggling with this health issue? How long am I going to be stuck in this place in life? How long with my child be hurting? How long will injustice prevail? How long? How long?
Many of my prayers have been how long? But now I am striving to change my prayers to how deep? How can I grow through this? What do I need to change in my heart, mind, attitude, tone, voice,etc. to make this situation bearable? How do I need to lean on You, Lord, in new ways to sustain me in this long journey? How can I grow?
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! ~ Romans 11:33 NIV
Let’s grow. Let’s know. Let’s seek the depth of wisdom and knowledge.
This is not an easy change. I like how long? It let’s me whine a bit. It let’s me sit in it a bit longer. Remember a few weeks ago? If I’m still telling the story, I’m not over it. If I’m still praying how long? I’m still struggling with releasing it to God. That’s OK. Currently, I am dealing with a situation that is gonna be how long? for a bit longer. I’m not ready to release and grow from it. I’m just not. I will be soon. When I do, my prayer will change to how deep? Some times we need to sit in how long? a bit longer.
This is a goal. Something to strive towards. Our growth in God isn’t instant. It’s a process. It may be several situations that we go through before growth happens. We may get it the first time through. Guess what? The next growth opportunity is ahead. We are more mature and wiser to accept it and learn from it.
My hope for you this week is to look at your how long? prayers and see if any of them can change to how deep? Maybe the two will be prayed in conjunction for a bit. Start this journey of releasing and seeking growth. The depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God are waiting.
Dream Big! Pray Big!