Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. When we flipped the calendars over to 2024, we began with a clean slate and fresh start. Hopefully we are taking lessons learned from last year with us and choosing to incorporate new behaviors so that we may be better versions of ourselves.
One of my Christmas gifts was the Yellowstone 1923 series, with Elsa Dutton from 1883 narrating. You don’t need to be familiar with the show other than to know it follows the Dutton family as they made their way and settled in the state of Montana.
The family faces adversities of all kinds, and Elsa says something that has stuck with me. She says, “There are only three answers to prayers. ‘Yes,’ ‘Not yet,’ and ‘I have something else in mind.’” She continues, “Our challenge is to surrender for ‘not yet’ and ‘something else.’”
What a profound statement…one that can really change our outlook on prayer. The word surrender sounds so simple but can be quite difficult in action. Surrendering requires us to put aside our selfish desires and trust God completely. We must let go of the outcome, and for many of us, this is tough. We somehow believe we can persuade and influence God to our point of view. Sure, some answers will be exactly what we hoped for, but it is only because they fit into His plan, not ours. We love “yes” answers, but we struggle with the “not yet” and “something else in mind.”
When we don’t surrender and trust God, we risk missing His answers simply because they weren’t exactly what we expected. We can then feel unloved and believe God let us down. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and it is one more way satan weasels his way in. Don’t let your faith be tarnished!
As we move through this year, life will test us. We will encounter adversities, difficulties, and face situations requiring prayer. Let us approach each and every circumstance with bold faith and truth: God WILL answer our prayers. We must be willing to accept and see His answers, which may be “not yet” or “something else in mind.”
God’s plans are what is best for us. He is all knowing, and we must trust Him. Are you ready to make a shift this year? Check out my booklet: Time for a Shift.