W is for WISHES.
I’m torn on my thoughts about wishes …
Wishes can be great: to wish someone well or wish them the best, a wish for world peace, a birthday wish, “when you wish upon a star …”, etc.
And yet – how often do I wish my life away – or wish things were different – or wish things would go MY WAY or just wish something or someone would go away. Wishes are often futile:
If wishes were fishes, the beggars would eat;
If wishes were horses, the beggars would ride … or something like that.
In my lifetime, I’ve spent a lot of time wishing days away so I could reach a certain goal or the ending of a situation. In high school and college, I was famous for count downs to graduation – I always knew “how many more days”… I did the same for my wedding … thankfully, we had a short engagement, and my wait wasn’t too long!
In college, I wished for a husband … then for 6 years, I wished for a baby … and then another. I wished those babies would sleep through the night, I wished they’d get potty trained, I wished they would never again throw up (seriously!). Sometimes those wishes came true eventually (they sleep through the night now); sometimes they didn’t (yeah, that vomit thing …). In the end, for most of those situations, I could only do what I knew to do or what I could – and the rest just happened – or didn’t. My wishing didn’t change much.
A few years ago, I was talking to my husband about what I wished would happen and comparing that to knowing God’s will often didn’t coincide with my wishes – and how to reconcile the two … and he said something that has helped me do less wishing and more trusting: “the fulfillment of God’s will is often just ‘acceptance’.” I think that is how he remains so calm all the time when my brain runs amok with “what if … and I wish that …”. He just accepts circumstances as they come, trusting Who is really in control, instead of wishing things otherwise.
I did find the word WISH in the Bible a few times – but mostly in the context of a “well wish”. For example:
3 John 1:2
Nice to hear that John had those WISHES for his fellow Christians … I think the definition of “prosper and be in health” varies for each individual – but that’s what I wish for too.