Astonish Me

I’m looking to be astonished.

Praying for it, actually. I want God to break open the heavens and say, “here it is!!” My faith tells me it can happen, but my faith is weak right now. So I’m praying for more faith.

How often are we blessed with astonishing news? Do we remember those blessings as well as we should? I know not all my followers share my faith, so I’m putting this in the context of life, not necessarily a belief in God. Do we tend to remember the bad news and accept the good news as our right?

Or perhaps that is an American way of thinking, even a white American way of thinking. I was born into more privilege than many people on this earth. Despite my struggles at this moment (I need a job!), I still enjoy a better life than others in war-torn, destitute countries and regions of this world.

I also have had my share of troubles and setbacks, and I’m struggling with some of those now.  It is impossible to define a balance of good and bad in our lives, and compare it to others.

Last week I was part of a discussion about happiness. The core of this conversation was the concept that money buys happiness. We all agreed, it takes a certain income, an element of security to be content with your lot in your life. That amount differs from person to person, of course, and much of it depends on where you live and what your needs are at any given time.

One man asked, “if money doesn’t buy you happiness, then why don’t the people with money give it away?”

Wow, what a question, and so many answers. I remember some thirty years seeing Donald Trump in an interview on Oprah. He was still married to Ivana — that’s how long ago it was (he’s had two wives since then and, as we know, a few other relationships). Anyway, he stated that after awhile, it isn’t about what you can buy, it’s a scorecard.

The man with the biggest bank account wins.

That’s a mentality I can’t buy into, and not to worry, it’s not likely to become an issue in this lifetime. But my point with this is, it isn’t simply the money that matters. Paying your bills and buying what you need isn’t the issue for those with great wealth. To whom much is given, much is required — but many seem to lose track of that requirement.

So I’m not asking to be astonished with great wealth. Rather, surprise me with the means to live a relatively simple life, that abililty to replace my worn shoes and keep my electricity from being shut off.

I’m praying, astonish me with that. I’m scared.


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7 Replies to “Astonish Me”

  1. Love your thoughts and I completely understand. i often wish for this, too. It isn’t for anything elaborate – just simple, safe and comfortable.
    Dreams are expansive and fear contracts. What is scary can turn out to be amazing. You deserve everything you wish for and I am hoping you are absolutely astonished.

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  2. I feel your fears and worry, Belinda. I have found myself (yet again) in a precarious stretch of life as well. God does have the power to astonish, though it seems he likes to see how close to the edge I can get before he swoops me up. I realize in the past I have allowed fear to take over and cause me all kinds of physical and emotional distress. “Giving it to God” sounds trite, but if I get up in the morning and trust that he will be with me no matter what happens, it does help me keep my attention on the moment and perhaps allow myself to be guided to how to use whatever he presents me with.

    I believe in the power of prayer, my own and that of others. You have mine:)

    Madlyn

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