The other day at my parents' house, Chloe wanted to watch Evan Almighty. I have never actually seen this movie, but my mom assured me it would be fine for a five year old, and I completely trust her, so I put on the DVD.
A little while later, I came in the room just in time to hear the following quote said by Morgan Freeman who plays God:
"Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?"
After hearing that, I was instantly reminded of something I posted on this blog about a year and a half ago. I had actually learned that very lesson, but I had also forgotten it a little, as we all tend to do. I was really thankful for the reminder from God (even if it was just Morgan Freeman pretending) because I really needed it right about now.
I often get horribly discouraged with myself because I am not perfectly patient or calm or balanced or put together. I get frustrated when my prayers for patience (or whatever else I'm praying for) are seemingly being ignored, because instead of being given perfect patience, I'm only given the opportunity to be patient. Talk about a trial of faith.
There are a lot of personal weaknesses that I am currently working on, and I am so thankful for the quiet little nudge to remind me that I am doing okay. And to look at the opportunities to practice as great blessings instead of the trials I usually feel they are.
And most of all, I'm thankful for the gentle reminder that Heavenly Father loves me. He looks out for me, and He wants to help me be my very best self. I just have to let him.