“Wrestling…”

Not Your WWE Variety!


     I was going through a particularly difficult season a few years back when I complained to God, “This is SO hard, Lord…” The response I felt spoken to my spirit that day was, “I didn’t call you to easy!

     If life has never felt SO hard for you, don’t read further.

     If you, however, relate to my prayer, I hope you’ll read more of today’s post, the first in a series about “Wrestling.”

     When I say “wrestling,” please don’t let your thoughts park at WWE and the likes of Hulk Hogan. Believe me, that’s not the kind of wrestling I have in mind!

     No, the type of wrestling I’m talking about is the kind we do in the middle of the night,

     lying awake,

          tossing,

               turning.

     The kind of wrestling that causes us to agonize about

          difficult decisions,

               thorny relationships,

                    failing finances,

                         changing health,

                              toxic politics, or

                                   an uncertain future.

     It’s wrestling we pray over

          fervently,

               believing, with all the faith we can muster,

                    quoting all the promises of God we know,

but still,Heaven doesn’t seem to hear!

     The kind of wrestling I want to address is that which causes us ultimately to remember the agonizing Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying,
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 25:39 (KJV)

     Are you in a season of wrestling right now? Please know I’m praying for you.

     I hope you’ll keep joining me for future posts dealing with this topic. I trust, also, you know me well enough by now to realize I don’t pass harsh judgments, give glib answers or possess insight into fancy faith formulas. I’m simply a

     loving granny,

          living in a small North Idaho city,

               listening for the still small voice of the Spirit,

                    longing to understand the character of God better,

                         learning much of life’s journey is a divine mystery.

Prayer:

Lord, In the divine mystery of our life journeys, help us to not lose hope. Give us enough faith to realize even during dark stormy times, you understand our struggles and know how they connect to the bigger story. Give us strength to “wrestle” when life feels SO hard. Bless us also with days and seasons filled with sunshine and rest. Amen

Blessings on your journey …

Sue Reeve

1 thought on ““Wrestling…”

  1. Sue, I have to confess that lately I’ve been feeling as you have adequately described in your post today. I’m trying to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and let everything else fade into nothingness. I have abilities He has given me that seem to have “gone into hiding” for lack of use – this is hard for me to fathom. Thank you for your faithfulness in admitting what you are struggling with personally (through your posts) because it comes at a time when I can identify with exactly what you write!

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