I give my life to you in complete submission – (so far, so good) -but I am so worried about what is happening in our country. Show me what you would have me do and Lord, give me some direction so that I can see where and what you would have me do –
Even as I am praying, I can hear Jesus’ words, “The wind blows where ever it pleases. You hear its sound, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” John 3:8
Submitting to His authority is not an easy thing. I admit that I am most submitted to God when I find myself backed into a corner with no other choices. It’s surprisingly easy to let God take the lead when you own hands are tied. But when we have choices in front of us, it’s difficult to wait on God to open a way for you. Rather than submit, we think we need to make the decision and then forge ahead hoping that we are in line with what God had planned for us. Truth be told, I often do this and God, just as often, has to correct my path to get me back on track. Thank God, literally, that He never lets me stray too far.
I give my life to you in complete submission – (so far, so good) – but I am struggling with everything that is happening. Can you show me what you would have me do so that I can move ahead –
Even as I am praying, I can hear Jesus’ words, “Give us each day our daily bread” Luke 11:3
Oh yeah, He will give us what we need each day. We don’t need to worry about it or even ask for it. We want the plan to be laid out for us and forget to accept each day as the gift that it is.
Though my prayers are honest, there is a difference between honestly pouring out all your fears and doubts and worries to God and telling Him how you want those things fixed. We can and must talk with God about all our anxiety – He already knows what is troubling you! How comforting is it that we don’t have to put on our happy face for God but can talk with Him heart to Heart and soul to Soul, confident that He won’t push us away or laugh at our fears. Just know that whatever He has given you today, is exactly what you need even if you are not in a place to understand that need.
Anxiety levels have been high for me lately. I am trying to let God lead me but I keep trying to clutch at the strangest little things to maintain some type of control. Keeping lists is a great way to keep anxiety in check but I am finding myself making complex, ever evolving lists that are actually causing me more anxiety! When will I learn? If I ask God for anything, it should be for more faith as the apostles did (Luke 17:5).
Then I hear Jesus’ words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).” Jesus continues a bit further in this passage to tell his followers that the evil one who is in this world has no hold on Himself. He has already triumphed! But for those of us still in the midst of daily strife, it can become hard to see and that is when I panic. Only the peace of Christ can reach beyond my panic and release me from this prison cell.
So I pray again…
I give my life to you in complete submission – (so far, so good)– but I am still scared and worried. Hold me. Amen