Lord, I placed this issue in Your hands, why aren’t You taking care of it?
Ah, Peggy, how can I, when you keep taking it back?
Ever found yourself in that situation? For some reason, we can’t just commit a problem to the Lord and simply let it go. We worry on it. It gnaws at us. It can bring on indigestion, maybe even depression at times. Could it be because, in our hearts, we really haven’t surrendered it completely to Him?
I’m sure you’re wondering about my chosen title for this post, right? Well, sadly, it describes me.
You see, whenever I discover a scab on my body from a small cut or a mosquito bite, or whatever, I can’t resist picking at it. But sometimes that scab isn’t ready to come off. Still, I persist, which results in reopening the wound, causing it to bleed, a new scab is formed, and the picking process starts all over again. And sometimes this cycle will leave a permanent scar to remind us of how dumb it was to pick off that fist scab to begin with.
And I know this! I know that if I pick on that scab, I’m only slowing down the healing process.
It’s the same with heart wounds. Someone has hurt us deeply. Perhaps betrayed a confidentiality; lied about us; said cruel things behind our backs we eventually hear about. Those hurts leave inner scabs, and we pick at them by not being able to forgive and/or forget.
Unlike God, Who forgives and remembers no more, we humans often find that difficult, and it shouldn’t be.
In 1 Peter, Chapter five, we read in verses 6-7: Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. [NKJV]
I am also reminded of the words from an old hymn: Take your burdens to the Cross and leave them there.
Hard to do? Oh yes, as in the quote at the beginning of this post. It is so tempting to keep snatching back that which we’ve committed to Him. Why do we do that? Because we feel He’s not acting fast enough. It’s sometimes hard to remember that if it’s in His will, He will get it done . . . in HIS perfect timing.
And that’s the prayer that never fails: Nevertheless, not MY will, but Thine be done.