“The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger” (Elisabeth Elliot).
Lord, if I had chosen your will for my life I probably wouldn’t have chosen right where I am at this moment. I wouldn’t have chosen this hardship and heartache. I would have chosen something easier. I would have chosen things that bring happiness instead of things that develop character. But you know what brings out the best in me. You know how each hurdle rising before me will inspire my greatest effort. You know what event or circumstance or problem that I face will bring out my best for tomorrow’s greatest joy. Lord, I thank you for this hard time that will make me stronger. I don’t have to tell you, Lord, that praise in this valley is so much harder than praise on the mountain. Praise right now calls for sacrifice of all I perceive, and calls for me to place my trust in you. This moment is not only about surrender of my will to yours. It is about surrender for who I am for who you know I can be. You always wish to do something new in me. It is in surrender of my control to your control that I discover enough clarity of purpose to trust you for the next hurdle—and the next and the next. “I am about to do something new,” you whisper to my struggling heart. “See, I have already begun,” you declare. “Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.” Lord, as I surrender my life you make a pathway through my wilderness. Your living water flows through me reviving hope. What I have thought was my time of greatest hardship shall prove to be my time of greatest victory.
Lynn Hampton Lacher