New Living Translation (NLT)
7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.
What if we lost our jobs? What if we lost our spouse? What if we experienced the death of a child? What if we lost our home? What if we lost our means of transportation? Is your head spinning? This is how so many of us get consumed in the merry-go-round of the what ifs. When we begin to dwell on the countless possibilities in life we begin to lose focus on what should be the center of it all….Jesus. When we choose to let all of these things bombard our thinking processes, we clearly have gone of the deep end of faith. It seems as if we have swam to the opposite side of the pool for whatever reason just to escape the blessings God wants us to receive.
We spend so much time dwelling on the what ifs in life that we can barely see God working in our lives at all. When we constantly wonder about what will happen next we do not allow ourselves to fully walk by faith. Sure we should be prepared in case disaster strikes, however, if we are truly walking by faith, trusting God then when these things happen we should remain calm. We should be able to say, “Okay God, show me the way.” We should be able to find peace in any circumstance as it is said by Paul in Philippians
:12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength.14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
What if disaster stuck you in the most horrible way possible tomorrow, would you be ready to surrender it all to God knowing He was in control? I am not sure if I even have enough faith to say I would be okay. Perhaps I would do some freaking out at first until I could get my mind and my spirit to connect. I am fully aware God is in control of my life, however, given a disaster right in front of me would I handle it properly? Would God have the answers for me right away or would He purposely not tell me anything to see if I will seek Him for wisdom in the situation?
All I know is that in this moment of time I stand surrendered. I am willing to allow God to stretch and grow me. I may not understand it all and perhaps that is for my own good. I just know that it is crucial not to get ahead of God. Sometimes when we get caught up in the what ifs we go into panic mode, tune out God and try to figure out our next move all on our own…..never a good idea. I will remain standing here waving my little white flag until God shows me the next move, knowing full well He has my best interests in mind.
I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Okay Lord, what now? Got out of the boat. Rocked the boat. Tipped it over. Yet I still feel like nothing has happened. I know I am suppose to be still and know that You are God, however, I still feel in my spirit as though You are waiting on me somehow. I have placed all the faith I have into Your will for my life. I have prayed. I have surrendered. I have not quit but I have given up. I have given up my will to control the things in my life. So now……..
Ever have one of those conversations with God? I did today. Matter of fact I got kind of frustrated. I didn’t feel unworthy but unused. I wasn’t angry just ready for something to change. Ever notice how right before a storm is broken all hell breaks loose? Things get heated and frustrating. Tempers may flare and surely insecurities are flashing about like lightening. Things just seem to be getting stressful and you start mumbling to God when all of a sudden you reach a point where the only answer for the situation is…..breakthrough.
Perhaps this is where I am with my ministry at this point. I know provision for the books is right around the corner. I know God has already got this all planned out and all I have to do is follow the plan set before me. How do we do this? Conversations with God. Reading the Word. Seeking Him in all of the circumstances surrounding the storm. Whether it be work related, relationship issues, personal battles or just stuck in a rut, the storm always gets worse before it gets better. The intensity of the issues gets hotter and hotter until you reach a breaking point and you either deal with it or push it away.
If you choose to push it away, it will come back at some point, however if you choose to deal with it, a victory will arise. Then you will be better prepared for the next storm. When we just close our eyes to the issues at hand we enter the next battle unprepared and possibly in a worse situation. God brings things to us so that we may become stronger and more dependent on Him. As we go through the storms we learn how to put God right in front of us instead of looking back to see what He is going to do.
Are you in a storm right now? How are you handling it? Are your eyes closed hoping it will go away or are you facing the storm like your God is big enough to cover it? Choose right now to go head on into your storm with your eyes fixed on Jesus.
There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.
Alright! Time for some reality! Are you really doing what you are called to do? Are you really satisfied with your life? Perhaps you feel as though you are just going through the motions…church on Sunday mornings, Bible study on Wednesday and then it’s just work and a series of life events smooshed in the middle. Does your life have a purpose? Does your life represent that fact that Jesus resides in your heart? Are you winning souls for Jesus are making disciples of others? Do we as a body look like the city on the hill like we are suppose to be?
As I have been present again at revival meetings, I can feel God tugging on my heart strings even harder than before. I will be getting my website up soon and moving ahead with what God is asking me to do. I am surrendered and ready to move wherever He says to go and to do what ever He says to do. I am at a point in my life where I know who I am in Christ. I know that I know that I know God is wanting to use me to do great things for His glory or I would not have two books at the publishers waiting for funding with thoughts of a third book floating around in my head.
Just like God pursues us, we must seek Him out. We need to search our hearts and see how far we are willing to go for God. Our time is short here on this earth, the Bible makes that very clear that we are but a vapor. Why do we spend so much time on the what ifs and not enough time on the how can we’s? What defines a person, their accomplishments or values? Are we judged by how many things we accumulated in life or by how many people we shared Jesus with? I feel we all need to spend some time seeking just what our purpose is. I feel I am on the verge of something very big with God and I feel more secure than ever in my relationship with Him.
I know that I am suppose to be a Christian writer and my ministry is for the broken hearted and hopeless. Will I be perfect at it? NOPE Will I make mistakes along the way? YES But I know that I know that I know, God will not lead me astray and there will be doors open and opportunities for me. I pray that anyone reading this will begin to feel the tug on their heart to seek God and to ask Him what their purpose here on earth really is. I pray that the road before you is golden and you will see clearly what God has in store for you. Be the Light others need to see to be lead out of darkness. Choose to become an overcomer and press into the things of God.