Well, I’m back! I’ve missed y’all! However, I do have to say that I’ve enjoyed sleeping a little longer in the mornings! With all the physical labor I’ve been doing, I’m worn slap out!
Yesterday was particularly rough. I’ve found that having to wait makes me ill as a dang hornet! Yesterday, I was waiting on a phone call, and expecting it much earlier than it came. I have a tendency to think that I’m tougher than I actually am. And because I want to appear tough, I, sometimes, don’t realize how the anxiety (I’m desperately trying to hide) affects me. Well, this morning, I clearly see the impact it had on me, because my legs are covered in bruises!
With the exception of a couple of weeks ago, when I wanted to punch someone in the face, I think I said more dirty words yesterday than I have in a long time!! Why? Because I must’ve tripped at least 532 times! I bumped my head at least 41 times. I spilled my drink. I spilled paint. I scratched the ceiling with the ladder. I lost my wallet. I forgot to go do an estimate. And on top of all that, in the words of Steve, I was suckin’ hind teat! In other words, I was dragging butt. I was tired. Straight up worn out!
That, my friends, is what stress can do to you! And that, my friends, in simple terms, means that I wasn’t fully trusting God. Period. Instead of handing my worries over to Him, I took them on myself, which made for a painful, dirty word filled day. I didn’t use any of the really bad ones, so I guess it could’ve been worse, right?
We’re human so it’s hard not to worry and stress, but the truth is, there’s no need to!! We can trust God with ANY situation! He’s in control and even though things may look bad to us, we have to remember that we only see through earthly, human eyes!
Do you think those guys who watched as Jonah got swallowed by the whale, saw any hope for him? Do you think those who watched as Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, remotely thought there was a glimmer of hope? What about those who watched Jesus die? I highly doubt that there was a person, who witnessed either of those events, who was standing there giddy with hope, but God always takes what seems, to us, to be a hopeless situation, and turns it into good, for His glory!
Let’s try to trust and not stress! Let’s try not to give up hope, even if things DO seem hopeless. Not just because we should, because God deserves our trust! But because it’ll make for a less painful, dirty word free day!
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.