Be Careful What You Pray For

By Rev. Kurt Condra  
 
Today I stopped at the hardware store and discovered the parking meters have been replaced with pay stations designed for use with a smart phone app. First thought: "S***! Another app to track?!" 
 
At such times I take comfort in the story of Jesus cursing a fig tree for its unripe fruit. Didn't matter that it wasn't fig season. He needed to vent. (Who can blame him? He was about to enter the political/social/religious powder keg that was Jerusalem during Passover, knowing full well what awaited him.) Next morning, Peter points out the tree had withered and died. Jesus responds by extolling the power of prayer and coaching his followers on the necessity of clearing negativity: "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them...”
 
Occasionally, we all overreact and then face consequences. It's usually not about the presenting issue, but a signal there's an imbalance in body, mind and/or spirit. As we prayerfully regain clarity, forgiving ourselves and those we've blamed, the restorative power of grace reveals what needs revealing, and heals whatever needs healing. Ultimately, that which we curse can become a point along the route to deeper understanding of our divine nature, and we are blessed.  
 
The blessing can be as simple as discovering the convenience of a new app...or as profound as realizing the immense power of our thoughts, words and deeds to shape our lives in both desirable and unintended ways.