This is my prayer this morning. Real life feels like a wild scary thing that can not be tamed let alone controlled and any attempts to do are a complete illusion. The belief that there is a God who loves me and is working things out on my behalf is not only a comfort but this thought renews my courage to continue when my way is dark and threatening.
The story of Abram becoming Abraham in the book of Genesis a very significant one for me. God gave him a promise that he would be blessed with many descendants and yet his first child was born when his wife was 100 years old. He had to wait a long, long time until he and his partner were far past all human possibility and firmly in the territory of "you did not do this, I (God) did this." The fact that Abram believed God in spite of the impossibility of what God promissed became the defining characteristic of this man and why he got a new name, Abraham.
This becomes a very powerful story to me because it says that the relationship I have with God is like a hinge on a door and faith is the pin that holds it together. This story reminds me that the impossible hopes and desires that live in my heart will come to pass in God's timing and by his power. This means I don't have to work my fingers to the bone. This means I can take a nap in the afternoon because it is not all up to me. This feels like real freedom.