Have you ever misplaced something then wore yourself slap out looking it? (“Worn slap out” – a southern phrase meaning that you’re exhausted beyond belief.) I do it on a daily basis! I’ll misplace my keys and hunt until I’m plum ticked off. I’ll start missing my phone, (which only takes about a half second because I panic if I’m not touching it at times!) and start frantically looking for it, only to realize I’m talking on the darn thing! Same thing with my glasses. I’ll find myself squinting to beat the band, look all over the house, call Walmart, or wherever I was last, to see if anyone has turned them in, and realize they’re on my head! Stuff like that can really make a person feel stupid, or at least as if you’re “catching” Alzheimer’s. This morning was no exception. Once again I found myself turning my room upside down searching.
I had my quiet time with Jesus and thought to myself “Oh, I really need to see what Jesus has to say today!” I reached for my Jesus Calling devotional and it wasn’t on my nightstand. Y’all would’ve laughed so hard had you seen me throwing back covers, moving stuff around in the floor, (yes, I have lots of things in my area! You never know when you might need this or that. Don’t judge!) looking under the bed and under all the pillows. I could feel myself getting agitated, (and by agitated I mean ready to throw something through a window) so I sat on the edge of my bed, exasperated, thinking “I guess Jesus don’t have anything to say to me today!” Can I just say that life without Prozac is challenging? Anyway, as I sat on the edge of my bed staring at nothing and rocking back and forth, I looked in the floor directly in front of me, and lo and behold there was Jesus staring me right in the face! Well, obviously is wasn’t really Jesus. I’m not that crazy without Prozac! I’d looked myself right into an agitated state over this book and it was right in front of me the whole time! That’s when it hit me….be still Christa. Just be still.
More times than I care to admit, I’ve found myself in a frenzy over something I’ve tried to fix, or hurry up, or make happen, only to have things blow up in my face. The thing is, had I just prayed and let God handle things, what was supposed to have happened would’ve happened much sooner (or at least at just the right time) and with no where near as much turmoil! Be still, and know that He is God. What makes us forget that He’s got everything under control, and that He takes care of His people? Why oh why do we do stuff like this to ourselves?! Maybe it’s because we’re human, and we often need reminding that we can’t possibly live without Him! Not successfully anyway.
When we find we’re working ourselves into a frenzy over something, someone, or some situation, how about we do what we learned as kids? Stop. Look.& Listen. Stop and pray. Look at God’s word. Listen for God to speak. We just might find that “Jesus was calling” us the whole time! Get it? I was looking for my Jesus Calling book this morning?!
Want to hear something funny? After I found my book, I was so excited about God giving me a subject to write on, I forgot to read my devotional. I just read it and this is what it said. “It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of a situation, to bring about the result you desire. Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My presence. Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord!” Ain’t God sweet?