Hey friends, how are you today? It’s another fabulous day in my neck of the woods. The sun is out in all its beauty, the birds compete with each other as they sing their songs to the Lord, the squirrels quibble over their personal space and Jazz (the cat) is upset because I won’t let have the entire space on the windowsill. Yes, yes, it’s another fabulous day in my neighborhood. How are you today? What are your views outside your window?
I love early mornings when the world is quiet, it allows me to think, to put life into perspective. The past few months have brought busyness back into our lives, time has once again picked up speed. I feel like the lethargy of the past two years has surrendered to the busyness of life, once again. At the end of the day, they both (the lethargy and busyness) complete the job to which they have been tasked: distract!
Even good things can cause us to take our eyes off the Lord, if we are not intentionally keeping our eyes on the Savior. When life does not live up to my expectations, trust in the Lord is rarely my instinctive reaction. I try to get too busy to think, or I allow anxiety and depression to slow me down to a crawl. There are days when I even allow the events that should bring God glory to distract me from what I need to do, which is surrender to the Lord by trusting Him. I can obey without surrender, but I can’t surrender to the Lord without obedience. I can’t surrender if I don’t trust the Lord, but I can’t trust the Lord, if I don’t know Him. This Christian life demands intentionality because this war between my flesh and my spirit isn’t one to be won on instinct. It needs a renewed mind that has to be constantly aware of the battle that we face daily in the choices that we must make.
It is too easy as the year progresses to be caught living life unintentionally. Too often, we find ourselves moving from one activity to the next; from one event to the next, trying to keep up with an impossible schedule of duties. Too often, we are consumed with the world and its groaning. And with everything that is going on in our world; at times it is easy to find ourselves groaning right along with the world. Do you know the story of Job? If not, I challenge you to read it. It is found in the Bible, between the books of Esther and Psalms. It may appear to be lengthy at first, and the discourse may be challenging, but persevere, you will not regret it. Although, I do not want to give any spoilers, two really good points about this story, you will encounter as you read are 1. “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world, and 2. We have an enemy whose sole purpose is to steer our hearts away from God. A popular saying, found in the Christian world, is “you are going through something (trial); you are getting ready to go through something; or you are getting out of something”.
In other words, the Lord promises to take our burdens, He promises to be there with us, He promises to be faithful, and He also says, we will have trials. They are inevitable. So, what are we to do when life does not live up to our expectations? Trust Him! Believe me, I know these two words are monumental. Did you know ‘trust’ is an action? The idea here is to release the burden, to ‘let go’. See how trust and surrender go together? It means acknowledging the trial, committing it and the end results to the Lord. It means being prepared to accept the end results, even when it is not what we wanted. It means ‘finding the silver lining’ when to our naked eyes, there seem yo be none. Sometimes, that ‘silver lining’ is holding onto the Lord, tightly, with both hands.
At times, it includes committing Psalm 27:13,14 to memory and repeating it every time we are tempted to be anxious. (Memorize it, you will not regret it). At times, we may be required to do something, other times, (most of the time) we may just need to wait. And that right there, is the hardest thing to do! Wait! Wait, dear friends, you will not regret it. The Almighty, Loving, Gracious, Merciful and Faithful One has great plan for you, even though it may not seem like it. How are you today?