March 29, 2014

[the last thing on my to do list]

This past month has been stressful [for somewhat unnecessary reasons].
So.. if you know me well, you are one of the lucky people who get to hear about my bodily stress issues. (Side note: my body HATES stress. Like if my body was trapped on a deserted island with one thing.. the last thing on the list would in fact be.. stress.) I digress..
So it’s been annoying.
But you know what I find even more annoying?
It’s the fact that I know exactly what will help in easing my apprehension, yet some days I find myself neglecting to do it, as if it’s just another box to check off on my never ending to-do list.
Wait.. why?!
Because I am stubborn.
I like to pretend that I am in control of my life and can obtain peace on my own accord.
I spend the time that I could be using in communion with Jesus to worry about my worries. And yes, I am well aware that this is not a sensible solution. 1 + 1 does not equal dog.
Do you ever find yourself getting caught up in the troubles of the day/week/month/year? Don’t get me wrong here – I understand that some things naturally bring about anxiousness: new jobs, relationships, travel, overfilled schedules, etc. I would find it a bit strange if I wasn’t concerned with the things that I have been experiencing the past few weeks. But the amount of concern I have expressed over these things (..should we call them lifesuckers?) looks different than trust and a WHOLE lot different than being still and knowing that He is God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
What if I took time to meditate on this truth rather than worry about outcomes and expectations? The Creator of the Universe loves ME and wants to use me for His divine purpose of redeeming the world!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
What if I took Jesus for His word and trusted Him to give me rest?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Welp, it’s time to sit & trust.

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