I have been giving my current health situation a lot of thought of late. My thinking has always been that the next heart attack would be what puts me down. We all know a stroke is a possibility for any of us. Yet, somehow that thought never really registered in me. I seem to have lost part of my vision in my left eye and part of my hearing in my left ear and that sucks.
I have to put the positive spin on it and just be grateful, it could have been so very much worse. I am a lucky man, I know it and I do appreciate it. I do work at maintaining a positive attitude which is very important for me. It has helped me through a lot. I can even go so far as to say I do not think I would even be here today with out it.
Now I know I read this somewhere recently (memory guy) and I would definitely give due credit to the author if I could remember who it was and I extend my apologies.
“positive thinking requires positive doing. Now that is a very powerful statement.
This brings to mind a joke I heard:
“A terrible flood hits an area. Water levels are even reaching the roof tops of some homes.
Perched atop of one of those roof tops was a man praying with all of his heart for God to save him.
Along comes a canoe and he is offered a ride to safety. The man declines saying: “no thank you I have prayed for God to save me and He will.”
Water levels continue to rise and the man is forced to the very peak of the roof top. A speed boat comes along, offering him a ride to safety. Again he declines: “no thank you, I have prayed for God to save me and He will”
Water levels continue until the man is now standing on the peak of the roof with the water up to his neck. A helicopter comes but is sent away with the same response.
The man drowns. He gets to Heaven and meets with God. In a very disappointed way he asks God, what happened I prayed and prayed for you to save me yet I still died?
To which God replies: Give me a break, you have to meet me half way here. I sent a canoe, I sent a speed boat, I even sent a helicopter.”
OK, I know this is such an extreme example it is to the point being ridiculous but I hope it illustrates the point I am trying to make. I do believe that God answers all prayers. Some times for our own good the answer may seem to be a flat NO. I do not believe it is that cut and dry. We may get what we see as a no to our specific request which ultimately would prove to be for our own good. I have to think that prayers are often answered in ways that are better for us, just not in the specific form or way we asked. I need to think more on this, I ask you do the same. Has God ever sent you a canoe as a way out of things but as it was not specifically way we asked for, we failed to jump on board.