As a teenage girl I was visiting my grandparents house one day. I was enthusiastically telling my grandmother Evie, for whom I was named, what I was going to do. She calmly said, “Always say if it is the Lord’s will, you will do so and so.” She was a Godly example for me to follow. Few times in life since that day have I made a statement of my plans without thinking, or saying, “if it is God’s will.”
When Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane, his soul was deeply troubled, even to death. He prayed to the Father that if it was possible to let his cup of suffering pass away. And then he set the example for us in our praying when he said, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). After finding his disciples sleeping and not watching for him, he went back a second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot be removed unless I drink it, may your will be done” (v. 42). He returned and found the disciples sleeping for their eyes were heavy. He left once more verse 44 states and prayed the same words a third time. Jesus was persistent in his prayer to the Father, but he always wanted the Father’s will to be done.
Grandma Bryant may have been remembering the inspired instructions of James when he said, “Come now, you who are saying, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to a certain city, and spend a year there. We will trade and make a profit.’ You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a vapor which briefly appears, and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live, and do this or that'” (James 4:13-15).
Godly examples by the Savior, followed by a Godly grandmother, lives on.