Some time ago, I read a story about a woman who had a specific list of what she wanted in a spouse and wanted God to grant her desire. Her desired spouse had to be nice, tender, passionate, honest, peaceful, generous, understanding, pleasant, warm, intelligent, humorous, attentive, compassionate and truthful. Quite a list it was.
The Story Stated
But, God would not grant such a wish for the simple reason that she was not consistently any of these requirements herself. God also relayed that all of these wishes are not attributes that simply are between two partners but are attributes that one grows into over a lifetime of partnership, and a lifetime of growing.
What Is The Message Here?
The message is not one of failure, nor one of not acquiring what one
wishes for but is more a message of growth. This growth is not a point to reach and then say one is finished. It means that as we go through life, we need to be continuously actively involved in being more each day. One needs to view each day as only a starting point to continue to embellish that which is good, caring, meaningful and decidedly compassionate. It means that each day is not filled with excuses, or wanting to skip a step to reach some defined end. For, it should be understood that there is no end but instead a continuous ability to be more than you were the day before.
"I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water."
Isaiah 41: 18
It Is Within You
The path to get all you want from another is also buried within you for it is you that can bring forth what is desired in order to make available that which is also within another.
You are your own keeper; you are the one and only who can grow for you cannot grow in the mind of another unless at first you have grown within.
Look not for what you desire but desire for what you look for with each day as a tool to use to attain that which is desired from life.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true."
Norman Vincent Peale
"I do not offer myself as a fine example of what it mean to be a Christian, but rather as one who obeyed God in the midst of failure and found out that he could still make something of me."
"We may not see it now but God is in control and has a reason for everything."
"I asked for strength, and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom, and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity, and God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage, and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love, and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.
My prayer has been answered."