Had a very long tea with a friend recently.
We were talking about how our prayers have changed over the years and my friend said, “I’ve definitely learned what’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” 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)
My friend and I agreed that these days, our prayers are simpler and we have become more still in our time with Jesus. We trust and praise Him for how things are going to unfold in our lives. There’s no list of things that we think He 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 – 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 learned more about surrendering, knowing that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. We are comforted by the reality that whatever unfolds in our lives, He is with us.
Life just isn’t as complicated anymore.
We’re not looking around at everybody else and we care so much less about approval and performance. We don’t focus 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. Hopefully wiser too.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Have ou become more comfortable with stillness in your life as you’ve gotten older?
- What do you think about this saying, “What down in the well will come up in the bucket?”
- How have your prayers changed as you’ve gotten older?
speak truth: 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