It feels as though this week has been hijacked by sickness and baseball.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fan of feeling out of control. This has been a week where nothing has really gone as planned…and my usual schedule unraveled. When it comes to not being able to fit in time to study or write, I get especially antsy. To be honest, I was giving myself a pretty hard time. Feeling like a week had gone by without any productive progress towards my goals brought out the cranky voice in my head. These are my dreams, after all. Wasting time is not an option.
Did you catch that? ‘My dreams’?
Yeah. The Holy Spirit caught that, too. And I was quickly reminded that everything I am belongs to my Father. I needed to remember that if my dreams are God-planted, and if my actual purpose is bringing Him glory wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, then the controls aren’t in my hands to begin with. Sickness, baseball, laundry, whatever comes my way — God knows everything surrounding me and He knows exactly how to work out His plans for me.
All I need to do is follow Him in every moment (pre-planned or not!), living out grace…joy…love…and patience (even with myself).
I felt that still, small voice saying, basically, chill out. I have everything under control. In other words, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
And, once again, I was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude that I don’t have to have all the answers, the “perfect” time-table, or the spotless house. The King of all kings reigns and my schedule and to-do list have no bearing on His authority or His time-table that actually is perfect.
So instead of trying to write my next planned post, I’d love to just be still and soak in the wisdom of a few posts I’ve read this week. These bloggers consistently encourage and inspire me, and these are recent favorites. I don’t know how your week has been, but I just want to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen for a while. Join me?
All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Jennifer Lee (Getting Down with Jesus)
If Your Heart is Breaking Just a Bit, by Ann Voskamp (A Holy Experience)
How To Make Art When There’s No Time for Art, Emily Freeman (Chatting at the Sky)
When You Don’t Know the Next Step, by Holley Gerth (DaySpring)
The Sum of the Moments, by Nicole Querido (Christian Women Online)
And a quote — I loved this lesson from Lysa TerKeurst, author of “Made to Crave”. (You can find her full post here.)
“And what about my concerns with letting God down?
My pastor, Stephen Furtick, put that rest one day with a simple but very profound truth, “How can you let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up?”
I had to choose to operate in the reassurance of God’s love, the remembrance of God’s grace, and the reality of God’s power. And according to Isaiah 41:10, God’s the one holding me up, not the other way around. Amen.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10”