Walk His Way
“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
Walk it Out
Volunteering at our local thrift shop, sorting through balls of yarn to organize, tag, and put out for sale, I noticed something. Some were assembled in a nice, tight ball, bursting with color and only one end in sight. Wonderful – tag and toss to sell! Others were a mess – a big mess – no end in sight!
Do you ever feel like your life is a ball of yarn – a big mess – no end in sight?
Anxiousness creeps in about finances, family, friendships, the future.
Decisions need to be made about jobs, budgets, and goals.
Deadlines, rapidly approaching, need met with re-enrollments and doctor visits.
Prayers are needed: When to pray for or provide for others. When to show up or back up. When to step in and speak or keep out and be quiet.
Family life can feel like a big mess. Ministry work can feel like a big mess.
Time and the need for more of it!
In the nick of time, when worry is about to win out, God paints a picture that at first glance is not so reassuring.
There I was, situated in my favorite chair holding this mess. This ball of yarn representing all this stuff and more. Being reminded that life can be difficult – in the ordinary! Yet in the very next scene, this ball of yarn is turning in my hands, slowly. Confused, yet I can see with each turn, this ball of yarn is getting smaller. Smaller. Smaller still.
And so was my worry.
Confusion gave way to clarity, and the provisions God has made in my life were coming through. Provisions, over and over, to take care of every detail of my life. As this ball of yarn was being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out, God was knitting together:
Financial and Future Goals and Plans
Family and Friendships
Answers for decisions long before time ever runs out.
Clear counsel about ministering to others – a time to pray, a time to speak, a time to be silent, a time to step in, a time to step out, and a time to be still.
Nothing left undone just as He has promised.
Now holding on to that very small ball of yarn, the truth of the matter held my gaze:
There is no need for more time, but the discipline to prioritize the time that has been granted to you. And to trust God to take care of your business as you take care of His.
Just as that was sinking in and my thoughts were giving way, my hands felt another (not tangibly). As I glanced towards them, I saw the most beautiful sight. My hands (and heart) were no longer holding that big mess. They were only holding that which I was to care for. The rest was held by Jesus. He was taking every single inch of worry and wasting it NOT, knitting it into something beautiful!
“Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of time. Thank you for tossing our plans aside in exchange for yours. Thank you for taking our worry and tears, wasting it not. Thank you for reminding us that you are our great provider, counselor, ministry maker and SO MUCH MORE! Thank you for answering our prayers, and knowing that when we do not know where to go on behalf of others or for ourselves, YOU ARE THE ANSWER, ALWAYS. Amen
Will you walk with me?
Today, may I invite you to sit with me in a favorite chair, side by side. Discussing for a moment those worries and fears and frustrations that creep in when life tosses certain circumstances our way.
As we are led to share our thoughts, let us encourage one another to exchange them for those that God has taught. We will not sit too long in sentimentalism. We will be about our Father’s business. We will hold on to His truths during life’s difficult times, so that we may encourage another. We will:
Worry about nothing. Or at least not linger here too long.
Pray about everything. Everything we are led to consider.
Give thanks in all things. Purposeful in finding areas of gratitude in the midst of our current attitude.
Because the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We want this promise, right?
Then we are responsible for being active in tossing our worries aside. Far enough that we do not pick them back up. After all, anxiety divides a person. How effective are we when we are pulled in different directions?
We are responsible for praying continually, and giving thanks to our great God, regardless of what’s tossed our way.
If we are willing to wrap these glorious truths (1 Peter and Philippians) together and walk in them, we can exchange this big mess for a beautiful life – wonderfully made – tagged and tossed!