What’s on your mind today? Do you remember when people used to take the time to ask you this? I flashback to a black and white sitcom where an adolescent kicks at the ground, barely noticing the dust he just stirred up with a frown while his coach or worse, his mom, comes out to the base to ask what’s bothering him. By the end of the ½ hour, the mystery and problem is solved. He’d had a bad day at school or someone had taken his lunch money or a teacher had hurt his feelings because she let him know she didn’t feel he was trying his very best. He let someone in on it and a resolution appeared as if out of thin air. Pretty easy fix.
Do you believe in easy fixes anymore? Can you let God fix it? Or are you trying to hold on to it with all your might while you watch as it, whatever “it” is, falls to the ground in bits and pieces? God’s not going to fight you for it. It has to be your choice. Can you chose to hand it over to Him or do you have to interfere? (Ew, “interfere” is an ugly word. Let’s use “help” instead.) Do you have to help God with your problems? Are you able to hear your Sheperd’s voice or are you constantly second-guessing yourself and Him, wondering if it’s your own voice you’re hearing, or worse yet, the devil’s?
Our own voice, thoughts, and feelings get in the way so much and so often if we let them. God dealt with me on this as it’s something I have struggled with for years. “I don’t feel like it.” This statement would keep me from getting out of bed on some days, from going to work on others, not helping Sister Wahoo when she truly needed it, going to church and hearing exactly what I needed to…the list of wonderful things I missed out on is endless. My feelings and emotions ruled, not God. He brought me to a point where I said, “I’m doing this whether I feel like it or not. I’m going no matter what.” I’ve learned that once you become a woman of your word and His, life becomes significantly less indecisive. I used to spend hours in the back and forth realm, driving myself to a point of apathy and frustration. Now, praise God, I make up my mind, set my intention (as a yogi might say) and stick with that. The path of least resistance is usually the road I end up avoiding nowadays. Being a human being and all, the easy road is the one that appears way more attractive. It’s the payoff at the end of this journey that appears way less attractive however.
God didn’t call us to be ho-hum, so-so, willy-nilly, if-a-situation-presents-itself-then-I’ll-speak-up-kinda believers. We are to know His voice and follow it. I’m guessing if you’re waiting around for a situation where you can show yourself to be a true believer, you’ve already missed it. (Look out! You may be one of the Ho-hums!!) We have to trust that God knows where we need to be and places us there for a reason we don’t have to understand.
How do we know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that God will lead us where we need to be? How do we just sit back, hangin’ loose, sippin’ our sweet tea with our feet up, while turmoil ensues? “It’s not that easy!!” I hear from the hoards of readers’ minds, or maybe mouths. (Do you talk to your screens too?)
Trust in Me. Rest in me. Know that I am Me. Trust. Rest. Know. It is that easy. No matter what you’re up against today, I’m praying you believe that it is that easy. Trust. Rest. Know. He is your answer and He will not leave you. He’s asking, “What’s on your mind?” Take a chance and let Him in on it today.