I'm a faith-filled person. A religious person, to an extent. But I'm not exactly a prayerful person -- it's never been a habit for me. I do pray, but not regularly (except for at church, that is).
In spite of it all, especially in my sort of falling away from constant faith in the past couple of years, I am still given answers when I ask. That is the most amazing part to me, truly unconditional love. I'm blessed this summer to be filling in as a singer in our LifeTeen band; worship music is what always brings back my connection to God and faith in His love. It helps me trust and listen. Reflecting and praying on something that has come up in my heart recently, I was given a quick and direct answer - "Be open."
It was/is, of course, applicable to what I was asking about at the time. But living with the thought for the past couple of days has made me realize that I can really apply it to everything in my life. I like plans - knowing what's ahead and having control over the situation. I have to constantly remind myself that the ultimate plan has been laid out - I'm in good hands!
Jeremiah 29:11-13 "11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart." (NRS)
If I keep my eyes, ears, and heart open to His love, what can I do but trust in the wondrous hope He provides? :)
Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord - a favorite song of mine (what else to end a post like this?!)
P.S. St. Augustine says, "When one sings, one prays twice." I suppose that has to count for something in all of this... :P