Free will means life has choices. Choices mean consequences. And consequences are hard to watch. Especially when someone’s bad decisions affect you. The whole process can be heart-wrenching from the outside. It’s always easier to see another’s mis-steps and how they could’ve done differently.
And when they don’t (won’t) listen?… when they choose for themselves “the hard way”... and you’re so frustrated and grieved and worried and distressed? What can you do then?
As we watch… as we wait… God watches with us. He has the sovereign position of knowing just where to push, and just how to prod – always offering help – if wanted. Those Everlasting open Arms, waiting and working on our behalf, on their behalf.
And He does let me participate too! I have seen my prayers intervene with supernatural protection! I have seen my prayers open the door to Grace! I have seen my prayers bring divine guidance! Even when the heart was hard and cold. God has allowed my prayers to make a difference.
“GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.” Lamentations 3:25-30 MSG
Wise words from the wisest book. God stays Ruler through it all. Hot or cold hearts. Free-will gone right or wrong. And we are allowed – even asked to take a hand through prayer. Never without tools, we’ve been given knees and voices to cry out through His Spirit for our loved-one’s lives.
It’s not over, hang in there!
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