I was working this morning and somehow lost the job I was typing on. Usually it’s seen in my pool but it disappeared. First I panicked, thinking it had gone to the client without being completed. With no supervisors on to remedy the problem, I decided to take a chance, log out and log back in to see if I could get it back. Sweating bullets, I did just that and after the reset, there was my lost job. I could have just continued on and most likely the job would have come to someone else to type but I didn’t know for sure whether or not it had gone to the client and I would have been concerned the rest of the day! I would have been torn up over something I could do absolutely nothing about.
We spend so much time worrying and wondering if things are going to turn out okay and what’s going to happen if it doesn’t. Very often the things we can do nothing about are what keeps us stuck! I was on my way there and decided to take a chance and hit a reset button.
That’s a good idea today. Are you stressed, worried and/or fearful about something you have very little control over? Hit the reset button. Close your eyes and breathe. Pray. Pick up your Bible and ask God to point you to something in His Word that will help you take a minute to start all over. Hopefully before we’re all wound up in a tizz over something we can do nothing about, we’ll remember to do that.
Matthew 11:28: Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.”
Some mornings I don’t listen to my music at all but more often than not, I do. I always choose my favorite songs on my playlist to walk and worship to. The same ones, over and over again. I know which ones I need and what will help me get off to a good start. This morning I decided to hit the shuffle button and I’m so delighted I did. It was like God knew BETTER THAN I DID what I needed this morning. I heard songs I didn’t even know I had on my list and by the time we were back to the car, I was lifted up and ready to face the day.
That’s such a good lesson for us! We’re such creatures of habit and control! You may not realize it but think of what YOU have planned for this day. Better yet, think about yesterday, what you had planned and if something happened to upset your apple cart, how you reacted. Feel me? We think we have it so together and sometimes we do but let one little (or big) thing disrupt our flow we fall to pieces.
Sometimes God has to hit the shuffle button in our lives to expose issues we have, fears we hide and the real intentions of our heart. That’s when it gets real. Love can quickly turn to hate, good can turn into selfish and our faith can leave us lacking. Who are we when we’re shuffled? That’s who we need to deal with.
The thing about a shuffled list is you don’t know what song you’ll hear next. Life is very much like that. Instead of wanting to hear my favourites, I found myself excited to see what God picked for me to hear next! I surrendered to the shuffle and enjoyed every minute of it! Maybe that’s a message to us to surrender to what God has for us today and not be so naïve as to think we have it all under control. We don’t!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB): ‘For I know the plans that I]have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
1st Peter 4:12-13 (NASB): “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”
I just had the feeling someone might need this, today.
So yesterday the car acted up and did something really weird (those of you who know what I’ve been through…I see you laughing, or perhaps holding your breath…). Because of my history with vehicles I was absolutely terrified to drive this morning. Screaming on the inside, I forced myself to take my son to work. […]
Keep Your Distance…?
Yesterday Sampson and I went to Lowe’s to get a key made. I know, you can get a key made almost anywhere but I chose Lowe’s because they let dogs come with you and Sampson loves nothing more than ‘going shopping’. He was sooo excited!
Normally I park far away from the entrance so we can walk as much as possible but yesterday I drove up close to the entrance, I guess because we had already walked and I had a couple of other errands to run. Anyway, we pulled up beside a car with the hood up. I immediately had flashbacks to all the times in the not too distant past where I had the hood up on the car I was blessed with (another story) EVERY time I pulled into ANY parking lot! So immediately, I looked in the car and all around our area looking for the driver because more often times than not, not ONE PERSON would come and ask if I needed help. Still makes me want to cry when I think of it. ANYWAY, I couldn’t find a driver so Sampson and I went on in. He got to strut around for people to pet him (he thinks all humans are there just for him), got the key made and we were ready to leave. When I got back to my car, the hood was still up on the other car and still no driver could be found. I looked inside the car and it was full of boxes, clothes – obviously everything that person had was in the back seat. I got Sampson some water and said a short prayer for the driver and for a chance to help if it was needed. About that time, here came the driver.
If I were a person that judged what I saw on the outside, I would have quickly gotten in my car, locked the doors and gone on my way. This guy was a bit intimidating. He was filthy dirty and talking to himself obviously frustrated with the vehicle. I spoke first, smiling and told him I felt for him and had been in that predicament many times before. I asked him if I could help. He told me he had driven from Georgia and was on his way to his first job in 3 years as a sober man and had to be there by tomorrow or the opportunity wouldn’t be there. He said he had to leave “home” because he knew he couldn’t stay clean where he was so he opted to take a chance through some ministry in a surrounding town and just start completely over again. “God took a big chance on me so I’m taking a big chance on Him.” We talked about his car (transmission fluid leak, power steering fluid leak) – and that he thought he got it fixed and if he didn’t he could still drive it was just going to be aggravating because he’d have to stop often to refill the fluid levels. He smiled and said, “Hey, ma’am, I’ve made it this far, no way I’m gonna quit now, I’m almost there!”
I found out he spent the last of his money he had buying fluids and a couple of tools to fix his car so I gave him the little bit of cash I had, prayed with him and wished him well.
The points/lessons of this encounter are endless but the one that stands out for me is this: Because of my experience in a like situation I had a choice to make: treat the stranger in need like I HAD BEEN treated or treat the stranger in need like I WANTED TO be treated. I chose the latter. Had I based my actions on what I SAW, I wouldn’t have heard his “God-story” and would have missed MY blessing!
I know it’s a mean old world out there. Even walking down the sidewalk and making eye contact with someone may be taking a risk to be hurt in some form or another. I think those of us who call ourselves Christians should be prayerfully, discernfully (not sure that’s an official word but it works!) willing to be what (and who) Jesus commissioned us to be – hope, encouragement and comfort to those we meet. Did I change that man’s life? Probably not. Did I make him smile and relax a bit? You bet I did. Mission accomplished. Not only that, it felt so good!
Keep my distance? I’m so happy I didn’t. I was reminded once again that our greatest blessings come when we make an effort to bless other people!