Sometimes I just don’t understand why it has to be so hard. I just don’t understand why it has to be so messy. I like neat packages tied with pretty bows. Yet I can never seem to fit all I need to wrap inside the little box I’m given.
I run late. I come unprepared. I never seem to be dressed appropriately or ready to start my work.
But in my weakness He is made strong. He is more than enough.
If you could see my house, you would understand what I mean. Yesterday I thought it was hardly possible to move out Saturday morning. “At least we’ll get a good start,” I thought.
Even this morning God is still providing all we need to make completely moving out on Saturday a reality. Do we have everything we need? No, not yet.
But God has shown me He’s always right on time.
(Never early. Never late. Never ever early but also never ever late.) I know I have enough for today and when tomorrow arrives, it will be taken care of too. I know this because God not only says it, He’s done it again and again right before my very eyes!
It’s hard to live like this. Hard. Super hard. I like pretty packages with colorful bows, the professionally wrapped type. I like notes on a calendar with a time penciled next to each one and a little beep on my cell phone thirty minutes prior reminding me to load the car.
I am living put-one-foot-in-front-of the-other and don’t-forget-to-answer-the-phone-because-it’s-God-delivering-my-need-for-this-very-minute. This life is difficult but it’s certainly exciting. It takes a lot of remembering, reminding and focus. Although, Starbucks and dark chocolate help significantly, I need some coping mechanisms that are easier on my hips! Here’s how I’m doing it.
1. Remind myself continually of Who God is. He’s always provided for His people and He will provide for me. “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
2. Pray continually. Keeping my needs before my Father keeps me in a joyful state of worship instead of a paralyzing state of worry. “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
3. Spend time in God’s Word each day no matter what. “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:33
4. Don’t look past today; it’s hard enough on its own. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34
5. Look at things from God’s point of view and listen to his voice. “Your words are so choice, so tasty… With your instruction, I understand life.” Psalm 119:104
What are some ways you cope when life is too much to understand or seems like too much to handle?