I find myself lately praying at 'strange' times and places. I tend to pray in front of my washer and dryer while I am folding clothes. The sounds of the machines drown out the sounds of the house and make it easy to concentrate. I went running today and found myself praying. I like to run on the sidewalk on a pretty busy road. The cars act like white noise. Of course, today I was huffing and puffing so much that I couldn't hear the cars! :) I know people that get up before the sun to spend time with God. I commend them and I know their lives are blessed for it. God has not yet called me to do that. I think he knows that I need my sleep!
As I was attempting to run, I was praying for a group of women in my life. They are in a Bible study with me. As we begin the study Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer, I have become aware that we each carry pain with us. Pain of ignoring God. Pain of living life. Pain of past mistakes. Pain of current situations. Whether they run their mouths like me and air their dirty laundry or carry their pain silently, it's there. I was thinking about how what each of us wants is for this pain to be healed. I realized that when we draw closer to God, THAT is when the healing begins. It can't begin in isolation. God may call you to reveal something to a friend so that they can pray with you during the healing. God may call you to only rely on Him for that healing. Either way, it can't happen in isolation. We have to step towards God in order to be healed of that pain. It is there that He holds us in His hands.
I listen to praise music when I run (it's the ONLY way I can get through the torture!) As I'm praying for each of these women to be healed of their messes (that we all have!) I was listening to Your Hands by JJ Heller. It's such a comforting song of knowing that we DO rest in his hands:
I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crookedly lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
When my world is shaking
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands
When You walked upon the Earth
You healed the broken, lost, and hurt
I know You hate to see me cry
One day You will set all things right
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still
I pray that you feel that God has you right in the palm of His hands!