I Know You Can, But Will You?


-But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering {doubting}, For he that doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind- James 1:6

I decided to pray yesterday. I pray every day, because that is what I have been taught to do. Considering I have been talking to myself for 34 years, the talking to God part has never been difficult for me.  Not the talking.

The believing that He is listening, well that is another story.

Yesterday, I laid my phone down on the kitchen table and recited my personal mantra to help the poking porcupine of emotions lower its quills. You’ve heard me call my emotions this before-because they do flare and poke-so I told myself “look for the small things.”

But my small things yesterday reminded me of why I was feeling so much. I had just laid my phone down, just decided that I could no longer read another word about the Syrian refugee crisis. Every word, every word about the safety of our country, the failing of our current President, states refusing to extend help, the right blaming the left, the left blaming the right, pictures of refugee children sleeping on the ground, leaders chastising the church for bigotry, the church scolding the church, christians divided, atheists taking cheap shots at the division, letters and videos in memory of the Paris victims, words written from people who are actually working in the refugee camps,

The manipulation of the story of Christ’s birth used as a comparison to the refugees being turned away.

Every word, all of it, sitting there in my stomach.

I decided to pray. I made an actual decision to try prayer instead of panic, and started the conversation in my head, like I have done a thousand times before.

I prayed for the safety of my family. That’s how it started, praying for myself and mine, like I have done a thousand times before.

Before I knew it I felt the emotions move from my stomach to falling out of my eyes as I prayed for the leaders of this country, our current President, the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, for the prejudice in my heart, and the hate in my words-the words that I have only spoken to myself.

I prayed for the children sleeping in tents and on the road to safety, I prayed for the families that were destroyed and separated, both in Paris and Syria. I opened that prayer to every family, worldwide, that has been touched by terrorism.

The emotion made me pause as I began to pray for every mother or father boarding or placing a child on a boat in an act of love, making hard decisions, trusting the life of their child to both faith and chance; my pause provoked by both empathy and a stranger’s reality.

Then I prayed for every man, woman or child that has strapped a bomb to their chest or unloaded a round of ammunition into the chest of another as an act of allegiance to the God, or ideology, they served. I asked for forgiveness. For them, and for me.

The prayer moved to the homeless here in Cedar Rapids, the division between churches, the economy, all the way to my marriage.

I ended by thanking God for my small things; one of the small things was needing to be picked up from school.

I heard a wise woman say “You believe that He CAN do it, you just don’t believe He WILL.” She was referring to the way we pray, that we believe God can do all things, we just don’t believe he will in our lives.

Yeah, sometimes that’s me. But yesterday I prayed like I knew HE CAN and WILL.

And that peace that passes understanding that the Bible talks about-I felt it. I felt the quills lower and the peace settle in.


I know this is why God tells us to seek HIM first. First, before panic. First, before fear. First before soapbox opinions and heated conversations. First before social media and TV. First before doubt and unrest. First, before judgement. First, before hatred.

And considering that God is defined as LOVE-then seek LOVE first. First.

I don’t usually do this. But I am learning. I am learning that when I talk to Him first, the Holy Spirit tells me what my next move is. It is always a way better and more loving plan than my own.

If you are a praying person, I challenge you to pray tonight with a faith that can move a mountain, and stitch back together a war-torn world.

Pray because you know HE WILL-not that he can. God will see his work finished for good. If you don’t believe God will, then start there. Pray about that. At least open up the conversation.

If I have realized one thing from the Paris attacks, it is that the evil we are facing can only by triumphed by a Heavenly good. The thing is – Heaven wants to use us to be good- (Christ) ambassadors. What an amazing gig.

Pray for your small things. It will likely lead you to pray for big things. I am praying with you.

Strength for today-and tomorrow.


Scripture that highlights the above::

-Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4: 6-7

-But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. (These things being the things we pray for. In the scripture before God is telling us to not be anxious for the things we need. He’s got it covered) Matthew 6:33-

-Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is LOVE! 1st John 4: 7-8

*wise woman*~Miss Aroea Knox


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