A few months ago, I decided to pray daily for my wayward brother-in-law.
Then, about a week ago, God said, "Tori, I want you to pray that Chuck feels my love for him--that he would be drawn by my cords of loving kindness."
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness. "(Jer. 31:3)
And I said, "God, I don't want to." But God said "That's OK, do it anyway. It's what I want."
So I did. Every day.
Today, as I was preparing my D6 Kindergarten lesson about Joseph, God spoke again. His words were so powerful that I sobbed when I heard them.
The lesson said, "God not only redeemed Joseph out of these situations, He redeemed him extravagantly."
God said, "Tori, now I want you to pray that I will redeem Chuck extravagantly; that he would feel my extravagant, undeserved, unconditional love for him because I am a God of extravagant redemption."
And I cried. And then I said, "God, I don't want to." But God said "That's OK, do it anyway. It's what I want."
So I did. Right there. Today. And I will do it again tomorrow and the next day. I will keep on praying for Chuck's extravagant redemption until God tells me to pray something else.
God's plans trump all. What he wants to happen will. What I want to happen might not.
So, when he wants me to pray loving prayers for someone unlovely, I can do that for Him. He did that for me.
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)
God is faithful.
He is faithful to redeem our lives in ways that are more wonderful than we can imagine.
He sees the bigger picture.
I will trust Him.
I will obey even when I don't agree.
"For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5:8)
And I will expect Him to act.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD."