I don't really even like Burger King, but they've been telling the public for years that the offering is theirs. I know you can hear the jiggle...."have it your way....at Burger King"! God certainly allows us to have it our way, but our way is not HIS way, and HIS way is ALWAYS better.
"And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Even from the beginnings of blessings, Abraham had it his way instead of God's way by having a son with Hagar instead of his "barren" wife Sarah. God still worked for good as He gave Abraham a son, Issac, trhough Sarah. And in Abraham's obedience this time with Issac, God blessed him beyond Abraham's comprehension surely.
Genesis 22:16-18 (New International Version)16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."
God has shown me over the course of the last 2 years, and more as I've grasped the last few weeks how my whole life has had many Burger King relationships. My mother constantly told, me, "you can't do that" perhaps because it was something that wasn't socially acceptable in her eyes. I never set out to hurt people, but I was a non-conformist, who just saw things in a different way. I generally followed the establishment, and never got in trouble at school. But, I also wasn't afraid to speak up when I saw things unfairly in my eyes. I took input, but if I was determined that my way was right, that's what I did. As I grew into a teenager, I lost some friendships over this way of life. I'm not saying I was an ogre, but at some point something would come up, and sometimes, "my way" would offend them.
As I have listened to God to set aside my way for His way, I have found much more joy in life. Some times I realize that I'm really fighting a feeling of being rejected by someone, which is MY perception of the situation; it's not even always the case. But, I have realized this is a real hook of the enemy for me. He does not win against me as I give it over to God in praise in prayer though! God is faithful to take those wounded feelings and turn them into dust.
I've been asking God where the root of this issue is for me. He was quick to answer when I picked up a book, "The Search for Significance". I had been given this book nearly 2 years ago by a Christian counselor. I tried to read it many times, but it just never made sense that I could relate to. I didn't relate to it until....today! Satan has been so successful with using this hook of rejection with me because I felt quite rejected as a child. Whether the case or not to my parents, I felt some level of disappointment being born a girl. My parents only had a boy name picked out, and they could not come up with a girl's name. They used a name my grandmother suggested. I suppose being a middle child too had some effect, as I was not the oldest and not the boy that they had 3 years after me. Little girls look up to their dads, and I didn't feel like I got that approval from my dad. He was really into sports and probably just could relate to a boy more than a girl. I actually played more sports than my brother did, but he did not support my events like he did for my brother.
The important thing though is I can still have victory over Satan. I don't need anyone's approval in this life because I can stand in God's grace. I am significant to him so much that he would have sent his only begotten Son for just me.
John 3:16 (King James Version) 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
His love is overflowing and abundant and always there for me. He shows up for each and every moment of my life and knows each step that is best for me. And, it's always way better than Burger King's and my way.
Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."