Not gonna lie~I’ve been struggling. With every turn there seems to be new health issues, demands in life, complicated family dynamics. I’ve felt overwhelmed and out of step in my walk with Christ lately.
I’ve slept through my morning devotions and writing time more often than I care to admit. I’m tired. Spent really. When that happens I tend to shut down. I don’t want to think. I tend to stay on auto pilot. Mark things off the list. Check. Grocery Store. Done. Dinner. Accompolished. On to the next thing. Check.
If I go through the motions I don’t have to think. Checking things off a list makes me feel like I have some resemblance of control or achievement. Anyone?
This morning I opened my bible, admittedly for the first time in days, to John 10:3-4:
“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.”
When I become overwhelmed I fail to be still. I can’t hear the Gatekeepers voice. Oh, I hear voices alright! Voices of doubt, voices of accusation, voices of frustration, and voices of fear. I hear myself. Not good. Not good at all.
John reminds us that not only does God call us by name but he promises us a way out of our predicaments if we follow him. Isn’t that beautiful?
The problem for most of us (me!) is that we don’t always hear him. The noise of life drowns out the still whisper. If we can just get out of our own heads? Intentionally make time for Jesus?
His Word tells us:
(1)God is calling each one of us by name
(2) He is offering a solution by leading us out. Paving a way for us.
AND, get this, after He brings us to Him?
(3) He will go before us. He leads so that we don’t have too!
(4) We can trust Him because we recognize His voice.
I absolutely love how God speaks directly to my heart, exactly where I am, and when I need it! Why do I so often believe that I am the solution to life’s problems? That I can fix it all? On my own? Why do we make it so difficult? He has given us the solution to life in 66 chapters. Somehow my “to do” lists often trump His instruction.
So, like me, if you are feeling overwhelmed by life today? Let His voice be the only sound in your head. Let God take over the burdens of the day. Let Him lead so that you can rest. Recharge and renew.
I will if you will, deal?
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”-Matthew 6:27