„Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% of how you react to it.“ -Charles R. Swindoll
Today should have not happend this way… I, sure didn’t plan it this way!
I woke up at 5 am today ready to go to the prayer room. All thankful for the car I have, I drove off through the empty Sunday morning streets. Just before I got to the Prayerhouse – my front left tire blew. Just barely making it over a big intersection, I parked the car in a side road and walked the last bit to the prayerroom to begin my 2 hour prayer time.
How do I start a prayertime when I have a flat tire in my head – frustrated about what just happened?! How can I truly pray when there are so many worries going through my mind? „How will I get home?“ „I didn’t want to buy new tires this month!“ „How do I put on a spare tire ?“ „How do I get the car back home?“ : A thousand little thoughts distracting me. I sat down in the back of the prayerroom thinking: „These are going to be long 2 hours!“
Thankfully though I remembered that I do have a choice! A choice to worry and a choice to trust God. I can sit in the prayerroom full of worry, planing and sceaming on how to get my problem fixed or I can choose to trust in God who said he sees everything and will take care of me. So 10 minutes into sitting in the back worrying I took a stand!
Litterally – I stood up.
One thing I have learned lately is that my physical posture in prayer has a direct influence on my heart attitude. It matters what I do with my body in prayer and it can make the defining difference. So I stood and began to walk and pray. I began to remind myself of all the attributes God has. I started to see my situation from a different perspective and realized that my worrying was not going to change a thing. Prayer has so much to do with the perspective from which you are praying. Standing still, facing the wall I said: „God, I choose to not worry about this. I choose you!“
I choose to work on the 90%. How about you?
(I was later that day able to put on the spare tire and get the car home – I’m going tire shopping today 😉 )