Today I’ve been having that nagging feeling in my brain of stuff that I NEED to do. But as I started spending time with God, my feelings changed. Once I started reading my devotional, this overwhelming Joy swelled up inside me…and my brain clicked into overdrive.
I plan and plan, but God is the author and the center of my story.
I read three verses, and they all hit me hard. They made questions rise in my mind.
“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.”
Do I speak the knowledge God gives me? When I wake up do I actually stop and listen to what God is speaking to my heart?
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
Do I thank Him for giving me light? Do I make a point of stopping to notice Him and His glory?
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”
Through my actions can people see that God is my first love? Do I demonstrate that He is?Or do I put Him aside?
I’m a person who likes to plan my day, and attempt to make a list. And I get stressed. I get stressed with the invisible weight every task puts on my shoulders.
But today, I’ve really felt that ultimate peace, that feeling of being free. When I focus on God, I feel so much different and I get a new perspective. I know that I need to accomplish a task but it isn’t at the forefront of my mind. God is.
When I think about God, I feel this inexpressible Joy, and utter peace. All of the fear, stress, and anxiety rolls off my shoulders, and I’m able to simply exhale.
Picture a little girl, ready to be baptized. She has a nervous smile on her face as she steps into the cold water, and testifies that God is her Lord. When she comes up from going into the water, she is laughing. Outright laughing! And she can’t stop. She is filled with that inexpressible joy, and God is her focus.
Today, I encourage you to be like this little girl. Place God at the forefront of your mind, and let Him fill you with joy! You will be amazed at the weight that comes off your shoulders.
Authors Note: That little girl, was my eight-year-old-self, in front of my whole entire church congregation! I literally couldn’t stop laughing after I was baptized!