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  • Writer's pictureJulie Gross

I Love Jesus, and I Draw Closer to Him When I Say, “Your Will Be Done”

God’s timing is crazy–it makes me smile! Recently, I had just given into the fact that God might be steering the ship one way, and I made peace with that (although it’s really not what I thought was best). When all of a sudden, God opened up a completely different possibility. It was a possibility that I thought was off the table, but boom–there it was on the table again!


I bet God is smiling because I am smiling! I let myself worry and stew about something, but when I decided to be okay with what the answer might be (even if I didn’t like that answer) and just let God have control, that’s when God opened another door and showed me another possibility.


I really think the key is in giving it to God and leaving it up to Him. I need to practice saying, “Your will be done.” And then I need to practice leaving it there. For me, difficult things take practice. Sometimes I lay things at God’s feet, but then I go over and pick those things up again. I need to leave those burdens at God’s feet and just keep saying, “Your will be done.”


I love the prayer that Jesus prays in Mark 14:36: “‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” Jesus let God know what he would like to happen–he wanted the cup taken from Him. He didn’t want to face the torture He knew was coming along with death on a cross, but Jesus didn’t leave it with the the plea of “Take this cup from me.” He went on to say, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” That’s powerful. He put His life and His future in God’s hands, and He asked for God’s will to be done.


That’s where I struggle. That’s where my humanness steps in and says, “Whoa there–how can this be right? Maybe we should do things my way, God.” There’s an amazing song called “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, and the song talks about how difficult it is to wrap our brains around the idea that sometimes what God wants for us is not what we want. But even then, it really is in our best interest to say, “Thy will be done,” and leave it up to God because His plans are so much better than ours in the long run!


Here are some of the lyrics from “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family:

“I know you're good

But this don't feel good right now

And I know you think

Of things I could never think about

It's hard to count it all joy

Distracted by the noise

Just trying to make sense

Of all your promises

Sometimes I gotta stop

Remember that you're God

And I am not

So


Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done”


I do have to stop myself and remind myself that YOU ARE GOD “and I am not,” like the song says. You will bless me, and you will bless my family. I just need to listen to you and ask for your will to be done. I just love the “so” in the lyrics at the end of the verse before going into the chorus. It’s just like the “yet” in the verse from Mark. We should share with God what we think and what we want, but at some point, we have to give it back to God and say, “so,” YOUR WILL BE DONE, or “yet,” YOUR WILL BE DONE!


Thank you, God, for knowing the whole story, for knowing how things will turn out for me, and for wanting the best for me! I will practice saying, “Your will be done,” so I can get really good at leaving all of my burdens at your feet!


Thanks for reading, friends!


Love,

Julie


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