We have all had moments in our lives when the light bulb clicks on, when something is revealed to you in a new light – when that the revelation you had is more than enlightening.
This past Sunday I had one.. Now, backing up for a few minutes – several blogs ago I made mention that we were getting more involved in church and were really trying to take heart in the messages that God wants us to hear every week. I even went as far as to admit that there have been moments in the last several weeks where I have been moved to tears. Back to real time: the series this month is called “Financial Peace” – and having listened to the message this week these are the basics I took away:
– God wants us to live in a sense of peace & strength
– God wants our hearts because our hearts determine everything about us.
– God wants us to have [financial] peace – give, save, & be content
– Give it to God – relinquish control
Now remember, this series is based on “Financial Peace” – but in my heart I believe that there is a subtlety within the basic points that I took away this week. Ask anyone – I am a very Type A person. I like to be in control of just about everything that I can. I can be a very aggressive person, and if there is something I want, I will work my you-know-what off until I get it. I will make a way where most anyone else says there isn’t. I will do whatever I can to make our dreams a reality. I will.. I will.. I will..
*Light Bulb Radiates Brightness*
I laid awake last night in bed, with 3 dogs curled up beside me listening to the soft pitter-patter of rain falling on the leaves outside. There in that calm quiet peacefulness it finally hit me. I put together the pieces of the puzzle from the day before – instead of I will – it should be God will.
God wants us to live in a sense of peace and strength.
God wants our hearts because our hearts determine everything about us.
God wants us to have peace.
Give it to God – Relinquish Control.
When we give control to God, He will do a way better job easing our burdens that we ever could hope to. He always gives us everything we need, and far more. But that happens only as a result of us giving up control. This is my favorite line from Pastor this past weekend: “Giving burdens to God wages war on worrying by placing fears under God’s protection.”
Like I said, the light bulb went off – that “ah-ha” moment happened and there in the still of the night I picked up on what God wants me to do. Give it to Him. All of it. The good and the bad, the happy and the sad. The tears, the anger, the uncertainty, the stress, the burden, the want, the need to be a Mother. All of it. Every single piece of this part of my journey isn’t in my control. It is in God’s control.
And I need to remember that. I need to be at peace with that. I reflected on these two passages, and will continue to do so throughout this journey:
“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks, and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come.” Habakkuk 2:3
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
In a world filled with uncertainty, we find confidence and strength in God. He is our Anchor, and we are secured in His promises.