I'm a chronic over thinker. Anyone with me? I think—which turns into processing, which turns into analyzing, which typically ends in an insurmountable bout of anxiety.
And I think a lot of us girls are like that. And the majority of the time, it's about the future, the “what's next” - if you will. “Well, what if my life turns out this way” and “What am I supposed to do now” and “Nothing is working out the way I thought it would”. Looking at that from a standpoint in which I'm not the one freaking out, it's kind of amusing to me that we get so worked up in that way. The stress, the worry, the doubt - it seems like we just can't get through it. It's funny to me because as Christians, our lives are supposed to declare the solution to the very things we struggle with. Don't we serve a God who is in control, who created us and knew us before we were even born; who knew every single detail of our person and the life we would live and reminds us to trust Him 1,457 times? The One who gives us promises and hope!
So then why is it so hard to believe it?
Why is it so hard to walk in it?
Why is it so hard to trust Him?
Another thing I find so funny is that not only will we not trust in God, but we will run to anything else first. Self-help talks, blogs (how ironic), Googling how to find our purpose, friends, loved ones, family—most of the time with the best of intentions. We will even grab Jesus books as a substitute for reading the Bible. I'm not trying to call anyone out, because personally, I thought I could run away and figure it out myself. This God character can't really know what He's doing, right? I mean, where has he been these past few months?
Correction--it's more like where have I been these past few months?
But why isn't the first thing we run to the One who designed our lives in the first place? Think about it, when you want to make something you've never made before, you follow the directions, the recipe you’ve been given. There's no way you'd attempt to make it without direction, because you know it won't turn out like it's supposed to.
2 Chronicles 16:9
“God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God's help. Now you're in trouble—one round of war after another."”
When I first found this verse, I was dumbfounded to say the least. Oh, did the conviction come! You mean to tell me that the Bible is actually still relevant and can call me out today? Why, yes it is! And not only does it bring conviction, but it tells you all about His promises for you, especially Jeremiah 29:11. And maybe you’ve heard it or read it before but side step with me for a second. Wouldn’t you agree that when words are repeated so many times, they start to lose power? Their meaning? Growing up in church especially, or being in church for any long period of time - the whole “Jesus loves you” and using those same seven scriptures over and over again for everything, gets tiring. So having heard Jeremiah 29:11 for the past fifteen years, I pretty much could recite it to you upside down, underwater, and backwards. But when we look at it “with different eyes”, man does it have power!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to PROSPER you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.
I feel like this is one of those “drops the mic” moments. It literally tells us right there that:
He's got plans for you
They're to PROSPER you
They're not to harm you
They promise HOPE and a FUTURE
So now, knowing what we know, we have to stop that anxiety I mentioned earlier. We have to live from rested soul.
What does that mean?
To live from a rested soul means that we can walk without fear, with our head held high. Not because we know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future and He promised a prosperous one! A rested soul means we don't spend time wallowing in self-pity because we don't have our lives “put together like so and so”, but we know that whatever comes our way, we have a God who has got our back every step of the way. We accept that some things were meant to be and some weren't. We realize that it's okay not to have all of the answers and that there is a freedom that comes in that. We are able to trust God with everything and to be honest, and trust me, life is more fun that way! It's a mystery as to what God has planned for us next but isn't it going to be so fulfilling to walk it out –to live out the purpose in which we were created for, especially knowing what we know now?
I leave you with one last Scripture and an earnest prayer that you'd join us in living from a rested soul:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.