I slept over at a friend’s house last night and came home to a fallen tree blocking access to our house – and a power outage, once I finally got into the house. That’s what a good rain, snow, ice and wind storm in the middle of April will do for you.
Consequently, I had some unexpected down time to sit, enjoy a still-warm tea from my thermos and think about a conversation that I had had earlier in the morning with a good friend. We were talking about how our prayers have changed over the years and suddenly, Linda put on her Southern gal’ twang and chimed in with, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket” and we had a good laugh… but it’s true, isn’t it? I think this is another way of saying, “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6.45)
Linda and I both agreed that these days, our prayers are simpler. We praise God for how things are going to unfold in our lives. There’s no list of things that we think God should do, no directions on how He should do it and no conditions given. I don’t know if it’s a product of getting older or getting wiser or perhaps both but “Everything belongs” really sits well with us. We have experienced God’s hand on our lives through the disappointments and losses, as well as the joys and the victories. Sometime through the years, we’ve learned to surrender, knowing that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways and we are comforted by the reality that whatever unfolds in our lives, He is with us.
We’re not looking around at everybody else’s life and focused on what we don’t have – we are becoming more content with the lives that God has given us, with all the ups and downs, ins and outs. What’s down in the well really does come up in the bucket – the prayers on our lips are a reflection of the peace in our hearts.
Yah… we’re definitely getting older.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8.28 ESV