Let’s get straight to the point. Life can be hard. There’s those mornings that you absolutely have no desire to even crawl out of bed. You’ve got things competing for your attention before your feet ever hit the floor. These times we’re living in are just jam packed with activity after activity. Some good. Some completely unnecessary. We over commit ourselves and seem to find little pleasure in our commitments. What are we doing all this for? We can’t say “no”. We don’t want to be that person. It’s a tangled web of deception. The more we do, the more that is expected. We often feel as if we’re just paddling upstream.
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. (Psalms 42:1 NLT) We need a timeout! We need to quench our thirsty souls. We have to regroup and reprioritize. Life is not all about running here and running there. Doing this and doing that. We were made for so much more. We were designed to sit with our Savior and refuel. We were never meant to do life in our own strength. Jesus wants us to literally yoke up to Him and learn His ways. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NLT) Instead of being weighed down with an unending to do list, present your situation to the One who knows you best. Let Him filter your obligations. Get His perspective on what’s most important and ultimately, what can and should be eliminated. Let Him pour His strength into you for what lies ahead.
I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. (Psalms 119:147 NLT) This should be our top priority. Get with Jesus and get your plan. Get lost in His love for you and let the troubles of the day pale in comparison. Put Him first on the list and “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight”. (Isaiah 45:2 NKJV) He basically says He will straighten out your crazy day. Everything will go smoother and more efficiently. This is what we need. Time with our Savior. His promises will allow us to see life through different lenses.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV) This is the answer! Come to Him. Learn from Him. Bring your burdens and exchange them for His lightness. Rest in Him. Let your mind, will and emotions sync up with His rhythm. This is His plan for you. Don’t take on the world without first consulting the Creator of it. He knows how it works. He also knows how it works us if we allow it. He’s calling out to meet with you. He desires to take on your challenges and give you rest in exchange.
For the child of God, living in chaos does not and will not ever feel natural. We’re not programmed to operate that way. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33 NLT) Reach out to Him for that peace. It’s available every day. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) This is good news as we face the details of the day. We may not be able to avoid obligations, but we can walk through them with a better attitude and a knowing that God is certainly in control. We can take lighter steps because we’re not weighted down by the weight of this world. Spend time with Jesus. Make Him the first place you go in the morning. Don’t fear the turbulent times we live in. Face them empowered by the Designer of time itself.
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband, Robby and cat, Harold.