Maybe I am the only one, but do you ever have those nights when you are wide awake at 2:00 a.m., wondering why you are still awake? You toss and turn in every direction, but you lay awake in disbelief, even after you have downloaded sleep sounds on your phone, and crickets or waterfalls surround your bedroom. Nothing.
Lately, it has begun happening to me more times than not. So, I have come to realize that the only way that I will go back to sleep is to settle whatever I am wrestling with within my spirit. Unfortunately, most times, I have to schedule a time to figure out what is on my mind. And, even then, it gets rescheduled. But, did you know that God did not intend for it to be that way?
God knows that we are spending all of our time running from point A to point B, we don’t often focus on the blessings that He prepared on the way to point A or the grace He extended to get us to point B.
Psalm 46:10 is a common verse that many people interpret as a gentle reminder from God that He is God and that He is in complete control. Honestly, I have thought that for a long time. But, lately, I tend to think of it as much more than a gentle reminder. I have begun to see it as a command and not so much as a suggestion. Think about it. In the course of a normal day for you, how often are you moving faster than you may want to admit, doing more than we planned for, or just plain busy with unplanned interruptions? And, don’t get me wrong – I am not saying that you are busy doing “bad” things. We have a tendency to pack every minute of our day with the “good stuff”. Our schedule is packed with our kids’ activities, sporting events that build character, or even hanging out with friends after work. None of those things are necessarily bad. But, God is commanding us to take inventory of how we are spending our time and be honest about how many of these things that line up to your purpose and calling, or more importantly what we should be doing. Sometimes, God just needs you to be still. And, when you get to that point, know that He is God.
When is the last time that you were still and recognized that He is God, all by himself?
Or, when was the last time that you took notice of how many times you said “yes” to situations and suggestions that may not have been yours to walk through? In all things, pray.
“No” is not a dirty word. It is real. And, sometimes your willingness to say “no” is an invitation for God to use you in a way that you could have never imagined. If you never align yourself for the blessing, how can you complain when things do not work out as smoothly as you imagined? Trust God!
If God brings you to it, He will supply all that you need to go through it.
Let me say that again, if God brings you to it, He will supply all that you need to go through it.
The enemy is the king of lies, and comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but if he can distract you than he feels that his work is done. What is distracting you? Is there something you need to delegate or just politely decline? Don't let the good things distract you from being great.
Father God, thank You for how You have wonderfully knit us together, and plant a purpose that is greater than us and deeper than our imagination. Allow us not to be stuck in our own minds, and surrender to Your Will. Break our hearts for what breaks Yours. Let our eyes see Your Glory. And, may the Holy Spirit be the small, still, voice that guides us. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.