Sunday, March 6, 2011

Commit Everything to the Lord

Have you ever had one of those days (or perhaps a week or longer) where it seems like one thing after another goes wrong? All of your finely tuned plans seem to crumble around you. If you are anything like me—which means you like to have all of your ducks in a row (some call that controlling)—then its situations like this that can change the course of your day.

Someone hits your vehicle, your heat isn’t working, your computer gets a virus, a drain in the basement clogs, the dishwasher breaks, you have a leak where the power steering fluid goes…while I would love to say that these are just examples, they are actually real life situations of what we have been dealing with for a couple of weeks.

While in many of these circumstances it has ended up working out, it’s the initial impact that seems to do the most damage. I guess for me it is one of those go-around-the-desert experiences I have yet to learn.

You remember the Israelites? They wandered in the desert for 40 years when it wasn’t really necessary. I can’t recall how long the trip should have actually taken but it was no where near 40 years!

Sometimes I feel just like them. You would think that after the 3rd or 4th time of something going wrong, I would learn to take a step back and not get so stressed right away. Like I said, most of these situations have ended up working out (mostly due to my husband who can fix pretty much anything).

Unfortunately it’s not in my nature to not react. My days are pretty clearly ordered and I have a pretty organized life so when anything messes with that, it’s almost like I don’t know how to respond other than to get immediately stressed.

I think that is exactly why the Lord saw fit to give me a husband who is opposite of me. When my laptop got a virus and I was on the verge of crying, my husband sent me a text from work that said, “Relax, I will fix it” and guess what? He did.

We balance each other out, I guess. But still, I know it would be better for my mental health and my family if I could learn to chill before immediately stressing. It is one of those things I am working on.

Psalm 37:5 says to commit everything to the Lord, trust Him and He will help you. Whether your struggles are similar to mine or you have difficulty in other areas with releasing control to God, know that when we commit everything to Him—that means hand it all over to Him, release our hold or our grip on it…and we choose to trust Him, which means we don’t worry or fret, then He will help us. He will see us through. He will make a way.

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