"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul." - Psalm 23 1 -3
Would it surprise you if I told you that I'm having a hard time being 'spiritually wise' here today?
If I'm being real with you all, I need to tell you that I'm not a super-dee-duper Christian who always knows what to say and how to be and who to love on.
I'm just me, and today, well today, I just am. So how about I just share what's going on, ok? Walk with me a bit through my thoughts. It's not quite the minefield some think it is! I promise!
The hours in my day today have been full and pleasant, no crazy stuff happening, no out of the blue 'whoa' moments. No call the ambulance moments. I'm not in a "bad place" or mad at God or anything you'd think of as negative.
Today, I just am.
Content. Satisfied. Chill.
And honestly, I'm not feeling particularly wordy. I know, shocker! There's nothing special on my heart that's just burning to be shared - well, actually, that's not true. I'm always burning to share the love of Jesus with whoever needs to experience it. But that's everyday so maybe what I'm trying to say is that there isn't anything ELSE that's just bursting out of me.
Perhaps with ALL the craziness of last week I've landed in the center of the storm for now. Because really, if truth be told, there's a lot of junk swirling around outside. You know, out there in my life.
I know you feel me - because it happens to you too. No use denying it - we're all surrounded by junk that makes us nuts.
So, I was wondering, how come I feel so peaceful?
That's kind of a dumb question when the answer is as plain as the nose on my face.
Plain and simple.
He reminds me that I can just rest in Him - no need to get stirred up and upset and frazzled over stuff I can't control.
Doing that doesn't make anything better - least of all my disposition.
I think some would say that on days like this they can't "feel" the presence of Jesus. But can I tell you something?
If you are a Christ-follower;
a redeemed and forgiven and sanctified believer in the Jesus who lived and bled and died and rose again so you could be saved for eternity Christ-follower, then He's there.
In fact, it's days like this that I think you can rest even more in the promise that He is always there.
Want to know why?
Because our faith is just that. It's FAITH.
He's called us to believe. Not just to believe IN Him, but to BELIEVE Him.
See the difference?
Believing IN Him saves us, makes us clean and whole and righteous and free.
BELIEVING Him means that we trust Him.
We trust Him to keep His word, His promises, His plans for us.
And for a lot of Christians, that's the really, really hard part because we SO love to worry and fret and my goodness - we love to HELP Him with our problems.
Lemme just ask - how's that worked out for ya?
Not so good for me - so I've learned to just let it go. Worry is a waste of my time and energy and thought processes and it keeps me from seeing the simple miracles that He works in my life every day.
I'm not always successful - but I practice a LOT. And you know that the more you practice the more likely you are to get it right.
So, I'm pretty sure that someone out there - maybe YOU - needed to read this tonight. God always works it out that way - kinda cool, huh?
If so, just take all that junk you're carrying around and set it down. Go on. It's time. No need to carry it anymore because frankly, He's promised - He's got it all under control and He just wants you to BELIEVE HIM.
With a Courageous Heart,