Scripture says, “I will maintain my covenant with you…to be your God and the God of your descendants.” The readings today focus on the covenant God made with Abraham. What is a covenant? A covenant is “a binding agreement; a compact, a contract.” Just like God promised Abraham that He would be with him always, he has promised the same for us. He has promised us that he will never leave us nor abandon us. He is there to give us peace, hope, joy, love, understanding, etc. He is there to answer our cries, our prayers, all of our needs.
I feel it can be easy to lose hope at times in life while praying prayers of petition and feeling like our prayers are not heard or answered by God. It can easy to wonder if we have been forgotten or why He hasn’t answered our deepest longings. But we can rest assured knowing that despite those feelings of doubt, we can experience that God is there just like he has promised. He does hear our prayers and answers them according to His will. Now, sometimes His will doesn’t match up to our will, desires or timing, but He truly hears and answers every little prayer and petition we offer to Him. He knows what’s best for us.
At times, it can be easy to get frustrated with our current life circumstances; to wonder why God would be allowing us to experience these current difficulties or hardships. Why do we have to face the struggles we face? Why isn’t our life the way we thought it would be? During these times, I like to focus on the part of the Our Father that says, “Thy will be done”. Every time we say that prayer, we are asking that the Lord’s will be done in our lives, not our own. We can rest assured knowing that despite the challenges or uncertainties of life we face, we are where God wants us to be.
For whatever reason, sometimes God only knows, we are in various circumstances that are difficult to understand. God wants us there for a reason. He is using these circumstances to help us grow or make an impact on others lives. Just like he has promised Abraham, he has promised us that he is there and with us amidst whatever circumstance we are facing.
I recently read a poem by an unknown author which says, “My life but a weaving between God and me, I cannot choose the colors He worketh steadily. Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride forget He sees the upper and I, the underside. Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver’s skillful hand as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned. He knows, He loves, He cares; nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.”
We are all where God wants us to be. He is slowly revealing His perfect plan for our lives. Just as the Lord has promised to be with us always, we are called to keep our covenant with God and to seek His will always. Trust in the Lord and remember the promise He made to Abraham and to us while surrendering your life to the will of the Father.
Allison Seklecki is a travel Occupational Therapist currently living in Columbia, SC.