~by Elizabeth Lapp
The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) He responded, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven…” (Matthew 6:9-13) Jesus teaches us to call God our Father. Often we use that name out of habit without a thought of what it really entails. “Father” comprises all the love, tenderness, compassion, and self-sacrifice that we could ever imagine, even beyond the best possible earthly father. If we remembered what the name “father” really means, we would never have an anxious thought. As a Father, He will care for us in the best way and meet our needs in every conceivable circumstance.
But if all this is true, why does He allow painful hurtful things into our lives? We want life to be easy, comfortable, and happy, but God wants to build our character. Every circumstance of life calls for decisions to be made. Every time we make a good choice, our character grows; every time we make a bad choice our character weakens. On the night Hurricane Irene hit, I asked God that my basement would not flood. But it did flood and I was vacuuming water for six hours. I could have chosen to spend that time mad at God for not answering my prayer. My other option was to thank Him that the electricity was still on, that I had the strength to do the job, that my entire basement was not flooded, and that I could sing in the early morning while others were snoring. God is about character building! This concept gives purpose and meaning to every experience. Be wise about the choices you make today!