Jesus went around healing the sick, dead, and almost-dead. And in Mark 1:34, it states the demons knew his true identity, but he didn’t let them say a word. He didn’t let them say anything. Know what that means? Jesus is the one with the power. Not the illness or the ugliness surrounding the illness. All of those thoughts that we have of not being good enough, that we’re not healthy and never will be, the curse of disease that has been passed down through our families, the idea of unworthiness…we need to take a page out of Jesus’ book and not allow them to speak into our minds. Take those thoughts captive, then throw ‘em out like the garbage they are. The enemy of our souls knows full-well our true identity, just like the demons knew Jesus. Get up, dust yourself off, and remind everyone, including yourself of exactly who you are. God says we are the head and not the tail, that we can do all things, we are His chosen, His elect, we are not only conquerors, but more than that, and that we are free indeed! This is just a few of the statements that He made about us and don’t you feel better just reading them? Remind yourself every day and see what happens. God wants to take you to a higher level than you’ve ever known; He can’t do that until we start seeing ourselves the way He sees us.
Not long ago, I sat on a flight, trying to remember to breathe. It’s not that I’m afraid of flying. I do however have a small fear of a not-so-perfect landing. As I sat with my belt tightly buckled, wondering what good that would honestly do in an unpleasant event, the beautiful flight attendant with eye-catching lipstick announces that there will be “no drink service” or “moving about” for the entire flight. This did 3 things in my mind: 1.) I praised God for the freedom He gave me from the chains of alcoholism. 2.) The idea of crashing consumed me with fear. I began thinking about everything I hadn’t accomplished. I felt my mind spinning out of control all while I sat quietly with my Nicolas Sparks in my shaking hands. 3.) I seriously had to pee. No “moving about” the whole time I was in the air? Given, it was a 50-minute flight, but no one has to pee like someone who can’t get to a bathroom. (I’m the one contemplating the Sonic cup if I’m stuck in road construction for more than 2 minutes.) I eventually thought, “Oh well, I certainly don’t want to die in a bathroom anyway.”
I couldn’t help but question, “Is this the plan?” I had kids at home! The ones He Himself blessed me with! I finally had a terrific husband after years of ridiculous dating! I attempted to look at anything other than the shaking wing, as I was “blessed” with a seat right next to the right one. I prayed for peace. My thoughts looked a whole lot like this: “Focus on the journey. Focus on the plan. Focus on God. God, fix my eyes. Ok, I’m doing better. It’s not my time to go…but WAIT! What if it’s that guy’s time to go??” As this thought entered my brain, I saw lightening. I didn’t look out, but I had to look down at the lightening. It hit me right then, the revelation, not the lightening, that God is above the storm. And for that moment, a glorious 37 minutes (it took me a while to be thankful for the turbulence) I was too. God sees the whole picture. His thoughts are higher (I didn’t plan that.) than our thoughts. He’s above the storm! His plan, His timing is perfect. I don’t think I need to say that ours, as human beings, is not. I would rush things each and every single time until situation came crashing to the ground. (One very good reason I am not a pilot.) I though about how easy it is to say, “Trust God.” It’s also easy to think it when life isn’t too bumpy. It’s when our time here on earth gets a little turbulent that trust is one of the first things to go out the window. I pictured Jesus saying, “Oh ye of little faith.” I thanked God for His reminder that we could trust Him through every storm, whether we’re above or beneath the lightening. Allow me to encourage you today to trust God, His timing, His plan, and His true perfection for your life today. He does not make mistakes. He guides you through, even situations you think aren’t part of the plan, and He answers every single prayer you pray.
Deep breaths. I’ve finally figured out how to get through this life. Deep breaths and prayers on the exhales. In many of the situations we find ourselves in, we forget to breathe. I’ve always been a big advocate for breathing. I really don’t think I’m ready for the alternative just yet. Mind, body, soul, we need to breathe in the air God gave us. Then, we can take a good look at our situation, whether it’s a death of someone close to us, our own illness, job stress, financial issues, raising kids (AGAIN, no one warned me sufficiently), or deciphering right from wrong in everyday life, and choose right now to take a few deep breaths.
God said for us to “be still and know that He is God.” I truly believe if more people would pray for a God-encounter, this would not only be easier, but would become more commonplace. We have so many questions and we want so many answers, right now answers. What could happen if we accepted that we were on a mission journey from God Himself and everything that happened, good, bad, and ugly, was a part of His plan? Because that’s exactly what it is. God’s got this under control. Be encouraged today, knowing full-well, from the top of your noggin to the tips of your toenails, that HE knows. He knows what you’re going through and nothing will be wasted. You get to make history. You are an integral part of the story God continues to write. You will touch lives because of the plan He has for you. Who else, besides your loving Creator would you want to make the plan? He loves you and He will not steer you wrong. Trust in that knowledge today and breathe.