I'm a slow learner. A really slow learner!
Yesterday, we were asked to fast and pray for one of the missionaries in the mission here. He is serving in the neighboring stake. They were having a zone activity and he fractured his neck. He has feeling in his arms but not in his legs. He is having surgery to see if they can repair whatever they need to so that he can get the feeling back. His family has come from out of town to be with him. The whole story is really sad.
Luckily, between sunday school and relief society, the nursery leader stuck her head out of the nursery and asked if i could help her. A sweet little girl had soved wads of toilet paper down the toilet and the mini toilet in the nursery was overflowing, plus one of the little boys really had to go.
So while looking for the plunger and taking this boy to find his parents, I had a minute to say a little prayer. I was busy making my case before the Lord and pleading that he would restore the feeling to this missionary and make him whole. I even had a convincing argument that such a miracle would really unite the mission. I was going on and on "selling" the Lord on my idea of what a good outcome would be.
Suddenly I realized that it isn't really my decision. How do I know what would be "best" for this missionary? I found myself saying, "Nevermind Heavenly Father. I take it all back. I don't know what the best thing is. It's wrong for me to ask for that. What I really want is for thy will to be done."
How many times to we try to counsel the Lord and tell him what WE think would be best?
Having found the plunger, someone to fix the toilet and the little boy's dad, I entered Relief Society just as the lesson was starting.
The lesson was on "Sincere Prayer." Hmmm.........who needed that lesson?
Yep, sometimes I need it spelled out for me!