This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church 1100 Airport Road.
A neighbor down the street from us has an attraction in his yard. I call it a whirligig. It is especially pretty on a sunny day when there is enough wind to move it around.
Sometimes our lives seem like a whirligig. We seem to be spun around and around with no definite direction. We can’t make a decision about a problem, and so we go around and around like a whirligig. When we finally stop, we are so confused that we almost forget what the problem was to begin with.
There is a much better way to solve our problems. It is called prayer. God is always ready to hear our prayers even before we are ready to pray. The answer to our prayers may not come immediately, but it will come. God knows the best way to answer our prayers and He often uses someone we may know to do that or He may just answer them Himself.
God hears our prayers and answers them … always. He may say “yes” or He may say “no” or He may even say “not at this time.” When God answers “no” to our prayer of asking for something, He has a good reason … a reason we may not see at that time, but we may see it later. We need to ask God to direct our lives in His way and give us patience to see that way.
It is hard to accept a “no” when we want something so badly. Ask any child who is denied a piece of candy just before dinner. That “no” is hard to accept until his mother tells him she made his favorite apple pie for dessert. Then the “no” face becomes a “yes” smile.
We don’t want our lives to be a whirligig. We need to ask God to direct our lives in His way and give us patience to see that way. Then we won’t have a whirligig life, but a life directed by our Lord Jesus Christ. Leave the whirligigs for front yard decorations.