Whose idea was this anyway? (My fingerprints on another catastrophic day)

Chances are I awakened this morning prepared to not do God’s will. After all even Jesus didn’t always want to do God’s will.
We’re told Jesus rose up a great while before day to pray to seek God’s will. Then late one night while praying he struggled against doing what God wanted praying, “if it is possible please let this cup pass from me.” He finally yielded saying,  “nevertheless your will not mine be done.”
Jesus knew that, just like at creation, the only day that could end with the words “it is good,” is the day that flowed from God’s creative, all-knowing hand.
If Jesus, so in tune with God, could desire things not in God’s will, how much more am I likely to be willfully wrong, headed in the wrong direction, wandering off the path? How many days have I not even sought God’s will for my day?
Each day is a story and each day’s story will be written by me, or written by God. My life will be the compilation of these daily stories and the overall story will be richer and better if God’s handiwork is seen each day.
Jesus taught the disciples to pray each day, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Whoa…how often do I pray “thy will be done,” but then spend exactly zero time contemplating what God’s will might be this very day in this so-called life of mine?
 “Look for God. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water,” so said Elizabeth Gilbert.
Great advise, but do I even know my head is on fire?
George MacDonald knew what it meant for his will to be at odds with God’s. “Afresh I seek thee. Lead me–once more I pray – even should it be against my will, thy way. Let me not feel thee foreign any hour, or shrink from thee as an estranged power. Through doubt, through faith, through bliss, through stark dismay, through sunshine, wind, or snow, or fog, or shower, Draw me to thee who art my only day.”
Feels a bit overwhelming actually, to think that my will could derail this day from God’s best for it, but then my head is on fire so I guess I have an excuse?
What good is it to pray “your will be done” if I do not seek God’s will and do it each moment of each day, drawing nearer to God who IS my only best day?

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