‘Thy Will Be Done’

We pray these words with every “Our Father.”

But what does it actually mean?

Perhaps you’ve heard about the first child being called the “sucker baby.” Meaning they are so chill and just “sucker” you in to having more babies who, you think, will also be chill and good sleepers. Our second son, Rey, is our fighter. He’s only 11 months but he’s strong and gets quite an attitude when he wants something, when he doesn’t like something, or when big brother has a toy he wants (I get it, he doesn’t know the concept of sharing quite yet but it’s pretty interesting to see him exert his power). He also fights sleep like no other.

I repeat — Like. No. Other.

Now my husband usually has the magic touch with Rey and can get him to sleep pretty easily (shout out to him for this because it is sometimes mommy’s biggest help). I, on the other hand, have the hardest time getting Rey to rest. (All anecdotes aside, I absolutely love my fighter and he’s the sweetest boy with the sweetest smiles, consult my instagram for photographic proof)

Anyways. He squirms out of my arms, he fights, he claws (not really but I like to be dramatic sometimes), and he just cannot get comfortable in my arms. Eventually, if out of tiredness or despair, he gives up and surrenders to sleep. It’s an incredible work to get this to happen but when it does…it’s glorious!

His arms release and rest above his head (you know the baby resting pose), he legs relax, and his breathing releases and turns into deep sighs of sleepiness.

Again, glorious!

Are we sometimes the same way with God? Do we fight, do we claw, do we squirm – all because we cannot get comfortable? Is it hard to get comfortable with God’s will? Is it hard to surrender our will?

Of course it is.

But we must fully believe that God has a plan for us.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” {Ephesians 2:10}

We must embrace God’s plan. And we must embrace God’s will.

Even when it’s hard, even when we don’t want to, even when it’s uncomfortable, and even when we doubt our abilities…God has a plan.

This is something I’ve been trying to embrace wholeheartedly.

When I’m having a particularly difficult time with something or a situation: “God, I know you have a plan, I trust in Your plan, let Thy will be done.”

It’s taken a while for me to embrace this saying. And it’s taken some time for me to adopt this habit and prayer, but I encourage you to try.

It’s not always easy and it’s always comfortable but…it’s always glorious.

“Thy will be done.”

***I recently started Jennie Allen’s Made For This 40 day devotional with a book club. It’s been an incredible help that encourages me to reflect on (and embrace) God’s will. I highly suggest it!***

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Catholic wife and mom. This blog is my attempt to trust the Holy Spirit and write what’s on my heart.

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