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So, You Think It Didn't Work Out
2/22/2021 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

     Awareness, consciousness, higher consciousness, mindfulness, universe, oneness, the language in the lexicon of spirituality sounds mystifying to some, yet quite beautiful and awakening to others. Some shy away because they’ve been taught that such is the language of the occult. Nonsense. If that’s you, release yourself from limited thinking. It’s simply words, language that seeks to express a deeper knowing and experience with God.

     Knowing God on a deeper level is really knowing yourself on a deeper level. How you interpret your experiences is absolutely revelatory of how you see God, what you believe about God and faith; your divine perspective on everything.

     Consider the thought conveyed in the pic above. When something doesn’t work out, some come up with a myriad of reasons:

  • God is making me wait.
  • I didn’t pray right.
  • I am not deserving of it.
  • I’m not smart enough, rich enough, unready, ….
  • Or some even think some adversarial boogeyman thwarted your efforts.

And the list goes on.

     All of those thoughts reflect what you think about God and your faith in what you profess to know about the Creator.

     Let me challenge you a bit.

     God is good and above all, wants our highest good in everything. People are so quick to conclude that God gives you what you need, not what you want. Psalm 37:4, 5 challenges that thinking head-on.

4 Delight yourself in the Lord: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

There is no conflict in this. Clearly our needs will be met, and our desires fulfilled.

     But what about when something doesn’t work out the way we wanted. The desire did not manifest. Shall we appease ourselves by saying, it was not the will of God, when clearly the scripture says God will give you the desires of your heart.

     Let’s dig deep between the lines on this one. First, let us agree that the desire has not manifested YET.  Focus for a moment ONLY on the “ask.”  We don’t ever really know the scope of what we’re asking for in the moment. The desire looks good; feels right.

     On the other side is God receiving the “ask” (prayer, petition). Upon what criteria is the prayer to be answered? From an eternal perspective there is more to what you’re asking then what you can perceive. Right?! Stay with me.

     Behind every desire is the “real desire” for the greatest degree of happiness, joy and fulfillment, and the highest good for ourselves and all involved.  The asking presupposes that all of those things intrinsic in the desire will come with the manifestation of the thing (or situation) desired.  

     Let’s be honest. No one wants mediocre anything, less than the best, a slither of happiness now and then, a little peace every five years. We want the BEST up, down, all around, thru and thru. Why be happy with $1,000 when you can have $1,000,000. Right?!

     Stay with me. Don’t meander off into reading “God motives” into the outcome or what SEEMS to be the answer or unanswered prayer.

     Spirit wants for you what you want for yourself and remembers your “real desire” (even when we forget). Let’s say the thing you’re asking for is good. It’s good; no doubt about that. BUT, Beloved, does it pass the test of “real desire?” Does it meet the subliminal standards of your “real desire:”

  • It is good for the present moment, but will it still be good later?
  • There’s good, better, and Best. Is it the Best?
  • “You can buy it, but can you afford to keep it?” – C.D. Lawrence (There are hidden costs that may be more than $$$)
  • He/she looks like a perfect fit, but will you still have joy when the hidden crap appears?

     Consider for just a moment that God is not sitting in the judgement seat evaluating your worthiness or whether “God” wants you to have or have it not. In prayer, in the desire of your heart, YOU place the order. God lays the order juxtaposed to your “real desire.” If it’s a match, it’s a “go.” If it is not a match, the manifestation does not happen.

     That is not a “No.” It’s simply that, all things are not in alignment with your “real desire.” on this.

     It’s easy to perceive God as judge. Can you, instead, trust God as one who fulfills your “real desires,” your highest hope, for Best that tops good and better? Hmm. Something to think about. 

Leave a comment. I’m interested in your thoughts.

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