As a kid one of my favourite movies was “The Princess Bride.” I mean, it had Andre the Giant in it – that fact alone makes it spectacular!
The story starts with a beautiful young woman named Buttercup who lives on a farm in the fictional country of Florin. She delights in ordering the farm hand Westley to perform chores for her.
Westley’s only answer is “As you wish”.
Eventually Buttercup realizes that every time Westley says “As you wish” he was really saying “I love you.”
“There is no greater expression of love than a freely submitted will.” John Ortberg “God Is Closer Than You Think” pg. 138
Joyful Surrender or Defiant Separation
C.S. Lewis in his book “The Great Divorce” wrote that the day is coming when every soul will adopt one of two postures before God: either joyful surrender or defiant separation. One day every one of us will either say “Thy will be done,” or “My will be done.”
The reality is that – to some degree – our hearts are always assuming one of these postures.
As you wish
As followers of Christ we need to adopt the heart posture of “Thy will be done” – “As You wish.”
This is a daily struggle.
Sometimes it is a moment by moment struggle of lining up our wills with God’s will.
Sometimes it means putting aside our conveniences to do what God wants us to do.
Sometimes it means giving something up in our lives so that we can follow God more fully.
Sometimes it means having to step out of our comfort zone so that God’s strength can be made perfect in our weakness.
Whenever God comes to us our first response should be “As You wish.”
In what area in your life right now do you need to say to God “As You wish”?