Monday, October 11, 2010

Mondays With Auntie Hope

This morning Auntie Hope and I sat outside and soaked in the gorgeous morning before it got too hot. We were having a fairly serious conversation when Auntie Hope suddenly said, "I wonder why the centre of that plant died, while the two ends are still green?" I replied that I didn't know, and we continued our conversation.

Ten minutes later, Auntie Hope said, "I wonder why the centre of that plant died, while the two ends are still green?" I again replied that I didn't know. This went on every ten minutes or so up until I left, when Auntie Hope said, "Would you look at that!" I said, "What?" Auntie Hope said, "The centre of that plant is dead, and the two ends are still green! How do you suppose that happened?"

I know Auntie Hope has lost her short term memory, but sometimes it's really hard to reply to the same question over and over again. And that's when - (here we go again) - God gently reminded me, "But you do the same thing, Annie."

How often I pray, "Lord, I'm worried about this" or "Why did You allow this, Lord?" or "What must I do in this situation?" and God always answers something like, "Trust Me" or "Just wait" or "I'll take care of it; just give the problem to Me."

Ten minutes later I'm praying again - "But Lord, I'm worried about this!" or "Yes, but what must I DO?" or "But WHY?" God never seems to get irritated with me, either. He just answers the same question over and over. "Trust Me." "Just wait." "I'll take care of it; give the problem to Me."

Again. And again.

6 comments:

Stephan said...

Annie, I love your Auntie Hope posts. Keep posting them.

jonna said...

You are totally describing me. I keep asking God the same things-Why hasn't our house sold? When will we be moving? Why can't I "fix" my son? I am so thankful he doesn't get as irritated with me as I get with my little one who seems to ask the same thing again and again and again...

Annie said...

Jonna, What is there to "fix" about your son?

I remember asking the same question about our house and trying to sell it to move here. I'll be praying for you. Hang in there!

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Accidental Poet said...

I don't comment often, but I always read, and I appreciate your outlook more than I can articulate. Thanks for being the light of Christ in my life.

Annie said...

Thank you for that bit of encouragement. You made my day (and I was feeling super discouraged, too).