It’s Been A Hard Days Night, Been a Workin Like A Dog
My title for my blog today may seem a little different, but, trust me it fits! That old Beatles’ song title fits what I have gone through this morning… and it isn’t even daylight out yet! I have to share with you how my morning has started: Went to get into my truck – dead as a door nail. No problem, borrowed my husband’s car. Drove to the Teen Challenge Center – was on the phone, missed my turn off and didn’t realize it for miles. Got to the center… had left my keys with my husband! Had to wake up a staff to let me in. Immediately got to work. Immediately knocked over a foot high stack of papers. And then, I happened to get a glimpse of myself in a window… oh, not a pretty sight. I guess from trying to work on my truck, bring in all my “stuff” and scurrying around, my hair decided to do twists and turns that I have never seen before and my make up was running like it was a part of a marathon! Stop the madness! NO! Stop me. Breathe PJ, breathe… And that is just what I did. I decided to practice what I preach to my students and members of my congregation: I stopped and began to thank God for my many blessings; acknowledged that He was in control – not me; asked for His help an guidance, and breathed out the “anx” and breathed in the peace – the peace that passes ALL understanding – the peace which only comes from God.
There is an old, old song that goes: “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear; all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” There could not be a truer statement. It is so easy to get all caught up in the circumstance that we forget to turn to our one true source of peace; strength; wisdom; joy; and power to face everything in life: Our Heavenly Father! At Teen Challenge, I unfortunately see people make “impulse” decisions because of the immediate circumstance they are facing. Instead of waiting on God; seeking godly counsel; and taking a breath; they are off to the races. Unfortunately at the end of those types of races people usually end up going back to old lifestyles; making horrific decisions and can even completely turn their backs on God – blaming Him for the woes of life. It does not have to be like that. We neeed to STOP, DROP, AND ROLL. (No this isn’t a fire drill) STOP and take time to put God in the center of the situation. We need to take a breath and not make immediate decisions. Then DROP: Drop to your knees. Ask God for help. He loved us enough to send His Son for us. He is still the same God who walled up the Red Sea and spoke the very worlds into existence. He really can handle our problems. Lastly, ROLL: Roll the problem or problems onto God’s shoulders. He can handle it! Remember, we can do ALL things through Christ – not our own strength.
My morning got off to a rocky start. Don’t have a clue as to what will happen this day. But guess what: my God does! So… my job is to simply stay under the “shadow of the Almighty” – knowing I am safe there. Trust Him for His guidance. And obey, knowing that I am just called to obedience – God is responsible for the outcome. And what I think is soooooo incredibly awesome, is that NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will happen today that my God can’t handle. AND if that isn’t enough, I have assurance He is working everything out for my good. I thank my Lord for His amazing grace; boundless love; and plan to bless me, to give me hope and a future. (All these promises are scriptural, so I know they are true.) #God’sinchargenotme #Godismorethanenough