“analyze IT, control IT, make IT happen, DO something!”
This is my nature, my ‘m-o’ when there is this futuristic abyss. There isn’t any concrete answer for what’s going to happen, basically I have no control. I don’t know what your ‘IT’ is, mine is what I’m going to do for income, mourning the loss of a dear friend & not being able to control my adult children, imagine that! I find my fears and what-if’s overcome me when I allow my mind to wander into the abyss.
As I wrestle with all of this and not being able to see or figure ‘IT’ out, I pray that the Lord will help me to stay in that peace that surpasses all understanding. Journaling brings that peace, this is what He reminded me of today.
In my study of John 11 we just discussed the death of Lazarus and how his sisters, Mary and Martha responded. The story talks about them sending a message to Jesus that their brother was sick and to come.
Jesus waits 2 days and when he does arrive Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. They both say to Jesus “If you would have come sooner, he wouldn’t of died”
Jesus tells them more than once that if they would believe they would see the Glory of God and their brother would rise again. His words to Martha were “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the Glory of God?”
I can just hear Him saying “Debbie, did I not say to you… do not fear, be still and do not worry? ” Over and over and over He has shown this to me in my life; steadfast love, provision physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually.
I still find myself over analyzing, trying to figure ‘IT’ all out, wanting to DO SOMETHING to fix, manipulate or control ‘IT’.
I find great peace knowing that Mary and Martha who walked and talked with Jesus did the same kind of thing. Jesus’ timing is not Mary’s, Martha’s or mine. I want to say, Lord if you would just do this or that I wouldn’t be in this situation…
Standing in front of Lazarus’ tomb…
Jesus prays “Father I thank You that You always hear Me, but because of the people (Debbie) who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me”. In a loud voice He cried “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, grave-clothes and all! What a sight, what encouragement! Can you imagine Mary and Martha? Jesus’ timing is perfect…always.
Part of today’s devotional by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling.
“…The problem (IT) can be a ladder enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above the obstacle that frustrated you is only a light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened you can look away from the problem altogether.” 2 Cor 4:16-18
I’m thanking God today that He has changed my perspective, encouraged me that I am no different than Mary and Martha who walked with Jesus. I pray that you too are encouraged with whatever your ‘IT’ is.
I want to see the Glory of God in all my situations, my hearts cry is to believe! Thank you Jesus!!
What is your ‘IT’ that you need to let go of, or get a different perspective on? How can I pray for you?