I'm (not) A Genie In A Bottle Baby
Sup guys! Its taken me a while to find inspiration for another blog, but I finally got it. It hit me while I was laying on the floor in my room, listening to the radio. I was listening to a station that plays music written from the 80's up to now. While I was listening to it, the song "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera came on. I don't listen to that kind of music, but the song caught my attention. I had been thinking about what to write a blog about, and the song's title sparked my inspiration. With a little bit of alteration, as seen in the title, this pop song became a message from God. Tada!
I'm guessing that you all know what a genie is. Just in case, a genie is a magical guy that pops out of a magic lamp when you rub it, and he grants wishes (usually three). All you gotta do is rub the lamp, and you get what you want. Sometimes we treat God like our genie. "God, I really want to get this. I really want this to happen." It's not a bad thing to ask God for things. He says to pray to him about everything. But when we pray to God only to get things, and for nothing else, then we've got a problem.
There's a line in the song that goes "I'm a genie in a bottle baby, come-come-come-on and let me out!" But that's not how it works. We don't let God out to do what we want. God doesn't say rub the lamp and I will appear, to fulfill your wishes. No. He says " Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" He's already there knocking on our door, while we're sitting inside, rubbing our lamp and waiting for the genie to pop out. Hes there. All you have to do is open the door. He gives to those to ask, but you can't expect to be given everything unless you put something in first. Nothing's coming out of that oven till you put the food in. God isn't the guy who's there so that when you want something, you can pray and BAM! There it is. He doesn't give you whatever you want just because you say, "dear God" before asking.
I realized that I had started to do this. I began struggling recently when I had been stuck at home, away from the support system I had, not interacting with fellow Christians outside of my family. I saw that my prayer life had fallen to pieces. I tried to rebuild it, but I began to use prayer like a magic chant. I kept praying that God could take away what I was feeling and going through. Then I realized what I was doing. I was being an Aladdin, rubbing my magic lamp. But God isn't my genie in a bottle. I needed to submit myself to Him. I aint gonna lie. It hasn't been easy. I had to make sure I wasn't just listing what I thought I needed. I had to actually talk to God. I had to be able to say "God, Your will be done." which wasn't easy, because I keep worrying about what might or might not happen. But I don't control that, and that's okay, because God's got it all under control.