Friday, July 12, 2013

As You Wish

It's been an interesting couple of weeks at our house. We were still catching up with laundry and unpacking from a week at camp (2 of us) and youth mission trip (3 of us) when a thunderstorm led David to look for the source of dripping water in our kitchen. He ripped out roof and ceiling. Counter tops were rearranged. A tarp went up. Flies came in. Laundry, camp and mission trip items were replaced with Vacation Bible School preparation. Two of the girls' bedrooms were emptied and painted.
And this week, as each day fell and choices demanded decisions, the phrase, "As you wish," rolled through my mind, over and over.  "Lord, as You wish." And He has been faithful. Things I didn't want to do have gotten done. Things I have wanted have gotten done. And I can take no credit for the priorities or completion, because I realize they were not done simply by my say-so. God gave the desire, the time, the ability, the resources. He made it happen; He brought it about. He, my faithful, loving God is able to "will and work in me for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
As I prayed another, "As you wish," last night, it finally clicked. The Princess Bride! In that classic movie, Wesley, the farm boy, responds, "As you wish," every time the young maiden, Buttercup, gives him a  task. Over time she realizes that, "As you wish," really means, "I love you." Thus begins a wonderful love/adventure story.
As today begins--and ends--may that be the prayer of our hearts. "As You wish."

"Roll your works upon the Lord ... so shall your plans be established and succeed." (Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible)

"Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.
Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him...." (Psalm 37:5-7 Amplified Bible)

"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life...." (Philippians 2:10-16 NKJV)


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