I’m sitting in my Cozy Coffee Corner, coffee in hand, typing one-handed, wondering if this blog will really make a difference in anyone’s life. My prayer is that it does. What do I really have to offer anyone? I’m not an expert on very many things… Or any…. My house is not big and beautiful, my dog misbehaves sometimes, and I really need to be organizing my laundry room (that’s a story for another day). I am less than skinny, I can sometimes have a bad attitude, and my bank account is… well… I have one… Well Peter and John had no silver and gold either. But what they did have, they gave…
Now… on to the good stuff… And if it makes you feel any better, I’ve put the coffee down and I’m typing with both hands,
I titled this post “Not To Worry” because, I can, if I let myself, be a worry wart. I have always been a worrier. My grandmother was a worrier. When I think about it, I really came by it honestly. I’m good at it. In fact, it might be something for which you could call me an expert. But what can worrying net me? According to Matthew chapter 6… Nothing!
“We can be led by Him rather than be drug around by our circumstances.”
A few years ago, my then Pastor, challenged some of us at church to teach on a subject of his choice. We drew from a hat and I picked the subject, “Trusting God”. I asked him later (he’s my brother-in-law so it was more like an interrogation) if it was a set-up-deal or what!?!? I just knew he had planned it that way. But he assured me that he had not guided my hand to pick that subject. I told him I had a hard time with this issue. He just smiled (you know, that brotherly smile that says, “I know something you don’t.”) and said, “Maybe you’ll learn something.” UGH! Not helpful! Or so I thought.
I decided that since I had committed to the project and since Pastor Brother-in-Law had also made us draw for a partner for the project, I would participate. But… I would let my project partner do most of the work since the subject matter was not my strong suit. Sounded like a solid plan. Right? WRONG! My partner was a police officer and his schedule ‘mysteriously’ changed, out of the blue, and he was no longer able to participate. OH NO! I was on my own. And now I had to prepare 6 weeks of Wednesday night services… on a subject almost foreign to me. By myself! Oh man! God sure can be creative when He wants to teach you something.
I decided to put on my big girl pants, and get busy studying. The only scripture I could think of on the subject said something about trusting in the Lord with all my heart. I had to get out the concordance, wipe the dust off, and look it up (after I swallowed some pride and asked Miller Man to show me how to use it).
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Ok, so… “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” sounds like a command. If we don’t trust in him then we are not doing what He commanded. So if we don’t do what He commands, we aren’t being obedient. Uh oh. I might be in trouble here. Better keep reading.
“Lean not on your own understanding.” Now He’s telling us what we must not do. We need to understand that we don’t always understand. We need to quit trying to figure everything out on our own.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” YES! That’s what I want! I want HIM to direct my paths.
So with that, I was hooked and on a mission. A lot of studying and meditating and praying later I was able to teach for 6 weeks on a subject that I previously knew little about and had not been walking. And as of today, some 9 or 10 years later, I have never had anxiety like I had before delving into this subject. Oh it tries to rear its ugly head sometimes, but now I have the tools to deal with it. I have the revelation that God means what He says, does what He says He’ll do, and He loves me so much that He sent his only Son to die for me. I CAN trust Him. And I do. So, thank you Pastor Brother-in-Law. You did know something I didn’t.
I will dig into this more later. It’s a subject that needs to be shared. We HAVE to be able to trust God. We were made to trust him. We live in a scary world, but WE don’t have to worry about it if we trust that God will direct our paths. We can be led by Him rather than be drug around by our circumstances.
Have a blessed day and enjoy your coffee…