Thanks God, This Really Stinks!

Thanks God, This Really Stinks!

Have you ever prayed something like this?

“Dear God, I just want your will.  Please open the doors that I’m supposed to walk through and close the ones I’m not.”

I pray like that a lot.  But I realized something recently.  When God actually closes a door I don’t usually like it.  I feel all rejected and downtrodden.  I start thinking negatively.  I guess they didn’t want me. I’m not good enough.  Maybe my best days are behind me. 

That leads to me praying like this:  “Thanks a lot God, this really stinks!”

So I have to remind myself that if I really want God’s will I need to learn to accept the open doors and the closed ones as an answer to prayer.  I need to thank him for truly leading me – and making things really clear.

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thess. 5:18