“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
I am so grateful that God guides me (or pushes me) on his path when I am at a crossroads. I mean don’t you just wish sometimes that God would say in a VERY LOUD PARENT VOICE “GO THIS WAY!” It would help so much when I get in my own way. Those days when we consider quitting – our diet, our business, our job, our marriage – whatever it is YOU have considered quitting, have you STOPPED and LISTENED for God’s directions? For those of you who are wondering – NO, I am not quitting anything in my life. Not to worry. For I have LISTENED to God’s nudge and am going to keep going.
I LOVE reading blogs by Lysa TerKeurst – she always seems to say the things I need to hear. Here is an exercise that she shared – write the word R-E-S-T then write the R-E-S-I-S-T, what is the difference? The “I”, right? That is me – trying everything I know and giving it all that I have to give. Then when I think there is nothing more or I think about quitting, I ask God for a sign (or a thump on the head) to show me what I should do. Have you been there? I know at some time in your life (more times then I can count in mine), you have said that “foxhole prayer” asking for God’s help and promising ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, right? Why do we wait till we are desperate to ask for a sign from God?
This is where we need to trust God and BELIEVE that he will do all he can. I am trying every day now to STOP, ASK God what is the next step that HE wants me to take today and then LISTEN for his answer. Some days, I don’t get it right. Some days, it will take a smack in the head. Some days, I will be exhausted from trying to control things. It is on those days that I will REST and look to God for my very next step.
Are you struggling to hear God’s voice? Are you tired – physically, emotionally or spiritually? Stop and ask God to guide your next step then wait in calm expectation for his response.
Rest, Relax, Recharge and Rejoice TODAY! For we do not have to go through our struggles alone, God is there to help. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!