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Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Rabbit Trail
I went to the Lord tired and overwhelmed.“It is all good”, I told Him (like He doesn’t know) “and I’m thrilled & honored that you have blessed me with this great city, church and ministry.But, I’m tired today.”
“Take My yoke; it’s easy.”
“How do you do it, Lord?How do you find the energy to continue pouring out and loving on?Do you never get overwhelmed by all the things there are to do? “
“I only do the will of My Father; I can of Myself do nothing.”
I can easily complicate the call on my life by adding so much more to my plate than He asks me to.I quickly become weighed down as I gather numerous suggestions or ideas and then attempt to do each one.Thankfully, I am recognizing that when I step off my path to follow a rabbit trail God doesn’t deem necessary I become bewildered, frustrated and drained; on the other hand a path he desires I follow carries energy and I am balanced; eventually begin seeing the fruit of my efforts.
In 1st Corinthians 13:9, Paul says “We know in part and we prophesy in part.”Each gift is a puzzle piece we are individually called to play in order to create the big picture that only God sees.I have to quiet the cacophony in my head to stay focused and obedient to the ‘part’ He has called me to.I have to consistently ask, “What do You want me to do THIS day”, listen to His answer, place the rest of my plans in His hands and watch his perfect will unfold.What an incredible God we serve.
“See then (be discerning & observant) that you walk circumspectly (step gingerly & watch the influences you are in contact with), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time (take advantage of the opportunity for service), because the days are evil.Therefore do not be unwise (using feeling or emotion), but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (eph 5:15-17)
“Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.The Lord has made everything (to accommodate itself and contribute) to its own end and His own purpose” (Prov. 16:3-4)