“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.” Philippians 4:6 (TLB)
As we get closer to Belinda’s wedding, I am reminded that HE is in control. Life’s challenges are curve balls when we least expect them. Long work hours. Title changes without pay increases. Finalizing wedding details. Paying bills. Feeling over whelmed. Tired. Stressed. Worry. None of the parts fitting together like WE planned or think they should
I have fond memories (okay, maybe not so fond) of putting together Belinda’s first Barbie car. Not the battery operated kind, but one she had to pedal. It was a gift from two of my very good friends but none of us saw the “some assembly required” message on the box. To say the least it was a interesting night. Her first and LAST “some assembly required” toy.
Shouldn’t “some assembly required” be on other things in life too? It’s not the most welcome sentence, but it’s an honest one.
- Marriage licenses should include those words, in large print.
- Job contracts should state them in bold letters.
- Babies should exit the womb with a toe tag: “Some assembly required.”
- Relationships with family and friends should include directions.
Life is a gift, albeit disassembled. It comes in pieces and sometimes falls to pieces. Part A doesn’t always fit Part B. The struggle seems large and inevitably, something is missing. Our immediate reaction is often to sit on a pity pot of “poor me” – no cares, nothing ever goes right, why me and the list goes on. Would’t it be great if we could say that we ALWAYS respond in prayer? Why is it that only when we hit rock bottom, we come to God in prayer?
It is easy to worry. It’s easy to try and fix the problem ourselves. It is easy to look outside ourselves for answers. The truth is that God has all of the answers for us. We may not want them. We may not like them. We may even try to negotiate the answer to one that we like better. Life’s challenges holds lessons for us. Some may be tough lessons while others may be the “AHA” that we needed to get back on track.
Hubby always says, “just have a conversation with God”. WOW! I make things so complex. I want to fix things when they are broke. I want to wave the magic wand and make things right. The truth is that it really is just that simple – have a conversation with God. Share with him what is in my heart and ask for his help. Okay, the next step is the hardest one for me – LISTEN AND WAIT for his response.
Today, I am turning my problems over and leaving them there. I am going to WAIT and LISTEN for God’s answers. The concerns that I have today are out of my hands, the plan has been written and I need to lean on my faith to get me through.
What about you?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!