Devotional Thought of the Day:
1 A pilgrim song: GOD, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. 2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a baby content. 3 Wait, Israel, for GOD. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always! Psalm 131:1-3 (MSG)
Part of me hopes, as I read the verses from the Psalms above, that I would have learned this lesson by now. That I would simply accept that God is in charge, that I would relax, that I would drop my anxieties, my fears, my worries at His feet. It is not easy, but over the years, I’ve become better and better at it. Or so I thought.
Sunday was a time for a lesson in humility, as I was struck with a flu bug that caused me to end up in the ER. I had Sermon studies to write, because others depend on them. Worship services to plan, and annual report to write. I have another couple of critical issues I thought I had to deal with, some people i care deeply about who are facing incredible trauma, one situation where someone in need was begging to talk to me in person, and I could barely stay awake.
And I had to lie there, in bed, like the proverbial child ( is pslamial a word?) and simply let God be God.
Peace didn’t come easily, or maybe it was the fever that caused me to toss and turn? No, let’s be honest, it was trying to fix everything, or at least come up with a fix, or 22,538 possible fixes!
Two days in bed (okay the second was in my recliner – doing the sermon study and worship plans on my laptop) and finally, here on Wednesday, I am back in my office.
God’s worked out some of the issues, given me the peace to enable me to deal with another, and well, the others will be dealt with, as God enables. Some will be long term struggles, some will be able to imitate the psalmist. I can only point to the fact that when we let God be God, He is… and when we try to play God, He still is, and will call us back to Him, waiting to heal us, waiting to show us mercy, waiting to hold us in His arms. Waiting to dance as His prodigal child again returns home.
The simple way to deal with stress, and anxiety and the worries of the world?
Be His…. oh wait – you are! So remember you are His….