We are “hard-to-please” people. We desire, wish for, and want things in our lives. But then when we get them, they often don’t seem to be perfect for us. They should have come sooner, lasted longer, had different people involved in them.
We get hung up on the “but’s.”
“But…. God, if only I would have moved here 3 years ago!”
“But…. I had to give up this, in order to get that.”
“But…..it didn’t last long enough.”
We are thankful, BUT, not thankful enough.
We are happy, BUT, not happy enough.
There is always something missing. Something “more” we wish would have been added to the picture.
It’s not enough for us, that we get answers to prayer, because they don’t measure up to what our expectations of them were.
Oh, how ungrateful, and how unthankful we can be!
I’ve caught myself, many times, saying, “But….” And yes, I did feel the feelings and thoughts of those very “but’s.” I do wish some things were different. Stronger. Longer. Gentler. More beautiful. But I do not want to diminish the gift they already are! I do not want to think so much on what didn’t come with my answered prayer, that I fail to see what did!
A “but,” is only our refusal to accept what is. It’s our denial and stubbornness at play. It’s our pride.
God does SO much for us. He sends us jobs, money, friendships, healed relationships, new homes, and sooo much more. His timing and His ways are perfect. So we can forget about wishing that our answered prayers had come sooner, lasted longer, or arrived in a different package. They are just how God wants them to be for us.
May we stop getting hung up on those “but’s…..” in our lives. They only interfere with our joy and blessings.
Let’s notice them when they come, and stop them in their tracks. Before they start arriving too often.