Benestrophe

“Thy will be done…”  Matthew 6:10

Reflection was based on this Sunday’s reading.

“I DON’T LIKE THIS!!! YUCK!!!”

And out came the 3 peas, some rice and chicken from George’s mouth.

Our beloved little guy is a picky eater.  (Correction:  He’s not “little” for his age.)   So he’s been on the McDonald Chicken Nuggets and Fries Happy Meal for quite some time.

Well…we went to his Pediatrician yesterday for his preschool physical exam.  In the past 4 months, he had a growth spurt of 3 inches.  His pediatrician said, “Hmmm…let’s re-check that again…”  Then his pediatrician saw in his family history his grandpa had a history of heart attack.  She was very thorough and started asking about his diet.  Then she found out he wasn’t eating fruits and vegetables.

“No more chips…No more juice because that can fill up his tummy…He will eat the fruits and vegetables when he’s hungry…Give him some vitamins…”

Those were his pediatrician’s recommendations.  And here’s Mommy and Daddy trying to do what’s best for him.

Because we love him.

It’s really hard for a toddler to understand things.  Not only because of his young mind but also because of egocentrism at this age. George wants to keep eating the chicken nuggets and fries.  He doesn’t want to eat the fruit and vegetables.  He doesn’t understand that including fruits and vegetables is good for his health.  So now he has to learn and he’s going to ‘suffer’ temporarily by eating some ‘yucky’ food.  As he learns to accept this in his diet, hopefully this will help keep his heart healthy as he grows into an adult.

It’s a similar scenario when relating to God.  Our human minds cannot fully comprehend the vastness of God.  And although most people outgrow ‘egocentrism’, we still see this trait in us in one instance or another.

And that makes it hard to pray this particular line in the Our Father:

“Thy will be done…”

Because as you petition for something, you might be thinking at the back of your mind – What if God doesn’t want this for me? What if He denies this request?  What if I don’t get it?

So what’s the solution?

The Key is the Holy Spirit.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”” Romans 8:15

The Life in the Spirit Seminar really helped me gain a better understanding of God’s love for us.  “The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord.” (Source: miamiccr)

Before I underwent the Life in the Spirit Seminar, I knew God from a “textbook” point of view.  To me at that time, He was this distant God somewhere in outer space.

But after the Life in the Spirit Seminar, I began to know God more.  And developed a more personal relationship with him as Our Father.  The same loving and forgiving father in the Prodigal Son.  He is a generous father and he wants to give us an inheritance.

He wants to give us the best.  And this is otherwise known as ….

Benevolent Outcome

In Tom Moore’s book, “The Gentle Way”, he speaks about praying using the phrase “Benevolent Outcome” in your prayers.  For example, “We pray for the benevolent outcome of the upcoming negotiation with this company.”

What it essentially translates to is, “Dear God, we ask that everything goes well with the meeting of this new company and they will accept our deal.  We pray that you would grant our request ……… or give us something better (benevolent outcome).”

Joe Vitale (you know him as one of the Master Yodas from “The Secret”) mentioned this “Benevolent Outcome” phrase in one of his books.  Basically what this implies is we should TRUST God will grant us our request and if not – then maybe God has something even better for us.  Because Joe Vitale points out that our “egos have blinders” but the “divine doesn’t have blinders.”  God knows the future and he wants to give us the best.

But wait!  It gets even better …

God is so good he doesn’t want only ONE good thing to happen to us.  He wants several good things happening at the same time.  He wants a …

Benestrophe

Benestrophe was coined by Joe Vitale.  It’s the opposite of catastrophe.  In catastrophe, many bad things are happening at the same time.

While in benestrophe, many good things are happening at the same time.   God is so good he wants a benestrophe in our lives.

Who’s Your Daddy?

And so today, why don’t we go ahead and approach God, Our Father, with childlike confidence?  And ask the  Holy Spirit to help us.

Let’s ask for a “benevolent outcome” of our petitions.  “Thy will be done.”

Better yet, let’s go ahead and ask for a “benestrophe…”

Because God loves us ….. so much more than we can ever imagine.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”  Luke 11:9-13

 

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26 thoughts on “Benestrophe

  1. Interesting term, Benestrophe. Is that an accepted word now, or just a neologism to make an antonym for catastrophe. Benestrophe really happens though, sometimes a shower of blessings come your way, and you should always be thankful to the Lord for them.

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    1. Joe Vitale invented the word so I guess you could call it a neologism. Thank you for testifying that it does happen. Since the Life in the Spirit Seminar, I have also experienced these showers of blessings every now and then. I learned to be patient while waiting for God’s perfect timing for the blessings to come. God is good. 🙂

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  2. i understand how young children are picky with food and refuse to eat their greens (i used to hate eating veggies too) but fruits too? but fruits are sweet and yummy! they should love it, no?

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  3. This is a great reminder for so many people including myself to put the trust in the lord because He’s our father who loves us dearly. Sometimes we feel that we are not appreciated and valued, but we must always remember that we’re not alone because His doors are open for us.

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  4. Although I do hope that your little boy would give in and eat some fruits and veggies. That’s a good way to put how most people would look at God. It’s important that we stop doubting why we are being offered certain things and to just let God do what he intends for us.

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  5. It is interesting how you relate egocentricism of a toddler with that of man & God. Never heard of this term Benestrophe but it seems great because God is good and always wants good things to happen in our lives.

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    1. Thank you, Geraldine. If you would like to learn more about Joe Vitale’s concept of Benestrophe, you can check out his book “Instant Manifesto.” God bless.

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  6. Hmm… Kids shouldn’t be exposed to unhealthy processed food in the first place as that would make it very difficult for them to quit once they have tasted it. It’s just like how smoking is to adults

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    1. That is true. He used to eat healthy when he was younger but somehow along the way we have failed as parents to keep it that way. He’s only 3 1/2 so we’re trying to make up for it. 🙂 However, with regards to man and the world, it’s different. God never fails us. We get into trouble because of the wrong choices we make. We were given free will. The good news is God is always ready to forgive a sinner. He hates the sin but loves the sinner.

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    1. Thank you, Franckxethee. I agree. I think God does the same thing with us. Once in a while, he has to give us some tough love until everything falls into place for our good. I pray for more patience and strength to endure. And I hope that those who need it may receive it also through the Holy Spirit.

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  7. It’s pretty much normal for kids to be picky but of course, as a parent, we should not tolerate it. Good thing you have your regular check up with your pediatrician. At least you know what to do then. On the side note, it’s my first time to hear about benestrophe. It’s a new word I’ve learnt and I certainly agree on praying for God always.

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    1. Thank you, Zwitsy! One point I wanted to include was some people say our relationship with our parents affect how we relate to God. And since there is no perfect parent, it clouds how we perceive God. Which means someone who didn’t feel loved by their parents may find it more difficult to understand God’s Fatherly love. And that’s why we need the Holy Spirit to help us understand this mystery of his love for us. God is good. All the time.

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  8. This brings me back to the days when I was a picky child as well. I’m sure they’ll come to love it like me! 😀

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