What prayer changes

A friend gave me a watercolor painting that hung on my wall for months and had me baffled the whole time. I couldn't make much sense out of it even though I knew it was done with skill and artistic vision. So I made a conscious effort to understand what the picture was.

Before long it was clear to me, and now I appreciate the painting and the skill of the artist.

Sometimes we may feel frustrated by our inability to resolve a situation through prayer even though we have worked very hard. We may have been looking for a change in our problem but with no results. If this is the case, perhaps, like me with my painting, we have been looking for the wrong thing to change. The watercolor did not change a bit, but I did. I grew to understand and appreciate it.

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A lesson from the canal locks
March 12, 1984

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