Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Overwhelmed? Then God speaks.....

Sometimes.............ok, I'm lying.............Many times, I wake up and I don't feel ready to face the day. My to-do lists along with my aspirations and desires seem to crush me before I can even get started. I get overwhelmed at the very thought of tackling the various things on my plate and on my mind. Then I freeze. You know like when a deer gets caught in front of the headlights of a car in the middle of the night; he freezes right in the middle of the road. Today I had that very situation. So I stopped and took a look at myself. These days I don't like to spend too much time concentrating on myself, because it's not very fruitful. I'd rather look at God. There are times where it is beneficial for me to stop and take a look at what's going on with me (my thoughts, my heart, etc.) I only take a pause.Today, I considered and I said to myself and maybe God was listening (wink) "Can I just take peek inside my life and look at what's going on or what's not going on?" and as clear as day I heard "Do not worry about your life". Then I looked up the scripture that says that very thing:

Luke 12

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things[c] shall be added to you. 

So first God tells me "Don't worry about my life" how opposing is that from what we hear in the world.  Then He says to "Consider the ravens."  That is certainly not what the "Life Coaches" of today are teaching us; but it certainly seems to be God's answer to my dilemma today.  Then He says to "seek the Kingdom of God".  God is not leaving me to twiddle my thumbs with nothing to do.  For me, "seeking the Kingdom of God" means making daily decisions in a way that gets attention off of me and keeps it on serving others.  I find that when I don't focus/reflect to much on myself it leads to greater maturity and trust in God and it has also yielded some amazing fruit.  So, there you have it.  It was God's simple answer to my complicated question.  "Do not worry about your life"

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