January 31, 2013

Trusting God

Do you ever have those weeks when everything seems to be falling apart? I kind of had one of those weeks. But the awesome thing that happened in the midst of this weird week was the feeling that it was all still held together. There is something incredible and amazing that happens when you just decide to let go and trust God completely with everything. I mean everything. Your finances, your marriage, your children, your health, your job/career, everything. The scriptures that have just been playing over and over in my head are two that have been written on my heart for a long time, but they never get old and I never get tired of them. They're always comforting and always seem to have a new meaning every time I'm reminded of them.

The first one is Colossians 3:23 ( I like the NIV for this one):
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters."

Its just what it says...do everything with the degree of love and affection that you would do it for God himself. Folding sheets? Fold them like they're going in the bedroom cabinet of Jesus. Typing a memo for your boss? Be careful, be efficient and be mindful just like you would if you were sending out a memo on behalf of Jesus. Seems simple, right? Well, its not always simple. I know sometimes my ego and human nature get in the way. I forget to assume the best of people like Christ would. I forget to give grace first...if I did this, I might not jump to conclusions so easily. I'm a work in progress and I love that this scripture is never very far from me. I need the reminder a lot. 

The second one is Jude 1:2 (I like this one in the Message version):
"Relax, everything's going to be alright; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!"

This one comes to me so often I might as well tattoo it on my body. I'm a type A person. I like to plan, I like to have a plan and planning is the key to success. Yep, its that intense. This scripture reminds me that God is in control. He doesn't need me to plan one thing for His plan to be successful. BUT when I allow Him to take over my plans, He perfects them. When I allow Him to work, things flow smoothly. When I allow Him to move, He moves me to places I never could have dreamed of going. So I'm practicing letting go...just like you practice love, just like you practice forgiveness, just like you practice a skill. Because that's what it is...its a fine tuned skill. You know how your grandmother just keeps her thoughts to herself even though you know she has something to say? Some people call that being a Lady. I call it maturity. You know what Grandma does later? She prays about it and gives it back to God. She lets go and trusts that He will work it out. 

What scriptures are on your heart this week?


Until Next Time, 
Julie


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