Reality Check

By Steve Martin

An encouragement towards prayer occurred to me.

At times faith is hard to latch on to. In presenting my often dyer needs to God in prayer, quiet words uttered under my tongue, quietly in a room, in my head….

I have been struggling to believe there is any convincing that a flake of dust like me could be heard and taken seriously. I have all but ruled out rationally that this is possible. Think about it… It’s ridiculous.

However, there is scripture, which I believe, and it says this in Colossians 1:16-17

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Now, for a moment letting all the other prayer verses go, and just pondering “if he wanted, he could cause me to vanish right now. He is willing that I have life in these very seconds and hours and situations. Period. He is willing my existence.”

This is an up close and personal reality check. So I connected the dots… I have needs I would love for Him to help me with, all kinds of them. How then would it be possible to say he isn’t aware? Really!

Maybe I should view my life more as a character on a page of the story of the earth. Thus, my prayers of any sort honestly are no surprise to Him. My disappointments in seeming non answer to prayers can be correctly understood – he gave me the breath to breathe them, the mind in that state to say them. I ought to pray more as if he meant for me to pray at that moment, about that thing…..

And  as these wonderful characters in what apparently is such an epic drama, why suspect the results would be of no consequence?