"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 NIV

Friday, May 18, 2012

No Loss of Sleep

     Three children were sick, my husband had to leave town on short notice, and I was scheduled to work for the next three evenings. My flesh begged me to panic. I wanted to hide under my covers, but experience told me that option only worsened the situation.

     When the temptation to worry dangled like a carrot in front of me, I chose to trust.

     My evening could have consisted of frantic phone calls. Sweet sleep could have eluded me. Instead, I turned to God's word and believed that he would work it out somehow. Not a single nightmare ensued.

     In the calm of the morning, the phone rang and answers fell into place.

     Can I guarantee solutions will always be that easy? No. Am I grateful that God showed me so clearly he had the situation under his control? Yes! Do I give him the opportunity to provide for my needs as much as he would like me to? No.

     I am a work in progress. I am trusting him one day, one situation at a time. I choose not to spend my limited number of days in this world worrying. It only brings unease. I prefer a home permeated with peace.

    Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? (Luke 12:25 NIV)
    You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 
        (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

     Jesus, thank you for continually proving yourself trustworthy. I confess I do not let you reveal your abundant blessings often enough. Hold me each night as I rest peacefully in your loving arms. Use me to teach others to turn toward you in the same way. Amen.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Let Be and Be Still

 Psalm 46:10a
Be still and know that I am God.  NIV
Cease striving and know that I am God.  NASB
Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.  AMP

      Let be and be still. Sounds like a good idea to me. Why, then, do I insist on taking control of my situation, of trying to see three steps ahead of me on the path God is taking me down? He asks me to be still. I tend to move and do and be productive and plan and know.  
     In all honesty, I just want to know.  I want to know what will be next.  I want to know how it will all turn out in the end. I want to know that the journey will not be too hard. I want to know... what God knows

     Seems to me another female desired the same thing. It didn't turn out so well for Eve either.

     So what does God want me to know? He wants me to know that he is God. That statement implies that I am not God, of course. Of course. But often, like my children donning a superhero costume, I try to pretend I am God. I wrap myself in the cloak of control and try to orchestrate the events surrounding my life in a manner that pleases me.

     Let be and be still.

     Let go and let God be God. 

     One breath at a time.

     God of all, protect me from the tendency to want to know more than I am intended to know. Help me trust that you are in control and all you ask me to do is know you more. I long to find more time in my day to be still and listen to you. Thank you for revealing truth to me in intimate ways. Amen.