Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Frank and Abe, Doing it Their Way

I would not have thought that Frank Sinatra and the biblical patriarch Abraham had much in common, but I would have been wrong:
And Abraham said unto God, 'Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!'--Genesis 17:18

Just when God was promising Abe everything--all he had ever wanted and more, children too many to number and a kingdom by God for God--what does he say?
No, don't do that.
Do it my way.
Don't make everything new. Do it with this stuff, this child I already know, people I already love.
Don't give me a new people, a whole new place.
I'm old, said Abe. I'm tired of new.
Can't you do it my way for once?
And God said no.
And He didn't.

Abe and Frank, who would have thunk it?
But I want my way, too. And I suffer from the same shortsightedness they did.
If he'd gotten his way, Abraham would have missed so much just because he had no imagination for it.
Please, God, let me want your way.


  1. God's way is always best whether we believe it or not. Great post!

  2. Ouch! This one hits a little too close to home for comfort....I think I have been doing this to God recently. Great post. Found you via SDG. :+)

    1. Well, Kathleen--thanks for stopping by. And don't feel too bad. I keep wanting to do things my way because, well, because I can see them better. Of course, that doesn't mean they are better. Sigh.

  3. Why do we not want the 'new' because we have 'no imagination for it.'
    How right your are!

    God, give us faith and new eyes.

    1. That wonderful God! He thinks of things so differently--and a good thing, too!

  4. This is nice and it did make me smile a bit too, the comparison is really not one that would initially come to mind. :)

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

  5. this made me smile too. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the The Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo