The Our Father, the greatest of prayers, is certainly a tough one to write a meditation on, so rather than looking at this cherished prayer as a whole, I will focus today on a single phrase, “thy will be done.” This simple phrase, so often overlooked as we recite the Our Father, has been the guiding prayer for my life during the past four years of medical school. Now as I anxiously await Match Day (the day 4th year medical students find out where they will be going to residency), I find my reliance on this simple prayer for strength to be even more pronounced. Will I go to the right program for me? Will I be happy? Will I get the best training? A million questions like these go through my head each day, but when I start to feel overwhelmed, I just take a deep breath and say “Lord, thy will be done.”
We have all had big decisions like the one I am facing now. Whether its where to go to college, what to major in, what job to pursue, or countless other major life choices, it is easy to freeze up and worry about all the things we might be missing out on if we make the wrong choice. It is in moments like these that our reliance on God’s providence is so important! As cliché as it sounds, everything really does happen for a reason. God never acts without a very specific purpose in mind, and when we truly seek his will first and foremost in our own choices, remember that whatever the outcome is, that is part of his divine plan for our lives. His word “shall do [his] will, achieving the end for which [he] sent it.” We can take so much consolation from that verse in Isaiah!
As long as we remember to put our trust in God each day, the Holy Spirit will be our constant companion whenever we are faced with a tough choice. The important thing is not what choice we ultimately take, but rather, that we put our faith in God that his will is at work in our lives, even when we cannot understand the reasons for why things work out the way they do.
The next time you are faced with a really big decision, or questioning yourself if you made the right choice, take a few seconds to just pray, “Lord, thy will be done,” and remember that God always wants the best for you, and he will guide your decisions to ensure this!