I was talking to a friend about the movie “Evan Almighty” What brought it up was we were talking about me parenting 8 children. I joked (not really) that I had prayed once for patience with my 3 daughters. God laughed and delivered me 5 stepsons as an answer. If there was ever a opportunity to learn about more patience…He delivered it ten-fold (or 5-fold…or something…math isn’t my strong suit)
There is a part in the movie that talks about God providing you Opportunities instead of Solutions in answering our prayers about our character. Love that part, but more than that part I love the scene where Evan is talking to his wife about the impending flood. She says something about perhaps God didn’t mean a literal flood of water, but rather a spiritual flood. Evan’s reply? “I’m gonna be so pissed.”
I love his reply in that because it shows that as a human he would be disappointed in the fact that there is no literal flood, but at no time does he say he is going to abandon faith or plans to make the ark as he was instructed.
So often we try to translate the lessons and opportunities that we have been given into something we are more comfortable with handling. Perhaps the real lesson was following the lesson or opportunity into something we are uncomfortable with but we continue to do anyways. Allowing ourselves to squirm in noticeable uncomfortableness, but remain faithful in our actions.
I don’t think there is anything frowned on from The Almighty when we are following what he has asked of us and when we stop to say “God…this stinks and I am uncomfortable with this.” Even Jesus in the garden before being crucified did his own version of it when he prayed that “the cup of suffering be taken from me, but not my will but yours be done” (<- loosely translated in Alycia-ese. The verse is Luke 22:42 if you want the real words)
To me its powerful that even Jesus admitted the situation no matter how much it was warranted by God, said “this stinks and I don’t want to.” It doesn’t make things better or release us from being uncomfortable, but the fact that we continue in those moments shows our faith.
I’ve learned to be cautious with my prayers for character. If I prayed for patience with 3 daughters and he blessed with me 5 more children in my home….what’s going to happen if I pray for peace while trying to clean house?