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"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~
Happy Monday! It's a new week and with plans to accomplish a whole bunch of things, right? Speaking of, I just made out my weekly to-do list. But I have to remind myself, who knows what could happen this week! Will I actually get everything accomplished on my list? What will happen if I get behind, and the next week starts off a mess, etc. Not only has the Lord been working patience in my life, but I have also been constantly reminding myself to trust in Him. From the little things on my to-do list, to the big things that I may fear, I am constantly reminding myself not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7) and to trust in the Lord with all my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6).
My Aunt Linda quoted me something not too long ago that I love:
"Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life's hard."
I mean, think about how true that is. When we start to worry about the future, we make ourselves crazy! Sometimes, I start thinking about what individuals I have conversations with in the future will say. How will I answer back? "Oh, I'll respond with this," I tell myself. I also start to worry about the outcome of things. When this happens, I quickly quote three verses (Lamentations 3:37-38, Proverbs 16:9 and Proverbs 19:21) that always remind me of who is in control, and I am not to worry, even though we try to plan out our lives with what we think/want to happen.
We must also remember that God wants us to trust Him just as much as He wants us to obey Him. Something I read in one of my favorite books says, "God's plans and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must trust when we don't understand." (Trusting God page 19). I always find so much comfort in remembering that there is no detail of our lives that is too insignificant for God's attention and no circumstance is so big that He cannot control it. So, it's easy to not only trust Him with the little things (like something I may hope to accomplish on my to-do list this week) but also trust Him with the outcomes of the big things in my life as well. We can trust Him with not only the ultimate outcomes of our lives, but also the little things that will bring us to that outcome. This means that we must learn to trust Him one. circumstance. at. a. time.
So, I know this is so much easier said than done (I'm constantly reminding myself), but try not to worry about the little things or the big things! Take everything inch by inch and not yard by yard! Look to God for the light for the current step you're on, and trust Him for the light for the next step as well. He will show it to you! He won't give you anything you can't handle. As Stormie Ormartian says, "(God) never said life would be easy, He said He will be with us." and remember that God makes everything beautiful in His own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), so trust in Him for when that time will come :)
Have a great Monday!