Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Confronted with the Obvious

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 The Message

I hate it when I am confronted with the obvious.  For example if I need to lose weight, no one needs to tell me to eat less and workout more.  For most people that is a formula that will work.  If I want to improve my putting stroke on the golf course I can watch videos of great putters, and read articles and books on how to putt.  Sadly, in addition to those things I probably need to spend hours on the putting green.  (My putting is atrocious).  So it came as no surprise to me to read a blog by Charles Stanley that suggested that if I need to become more patient most likely I will need to experience situations in which my patience is tried.

Intellectually I know that, even intuitively I know that, but I don’t have to like it.  So as I am writing this blog God is putting me in a situation where my impatience is showing.

At times I feel like an eye doctor who refuses to admit he needs glasses.  I am forever telling people to examine their hearts when they are experiencing a negative feeling.  I offer brilliant advice such as “Ask yourself, what is troubling me right now?  Why am I feeling so impatient?  What is going on in my heart that is causing me to be so anxious?”

Then I might say something sensitive like “Suck it up buttercup.  Get over it!”

As I was pondering this blog I received a call from our realtor that heightened my anxiety level and created in me a greater sense of impatience.  My immediate response should have been, “thank you Lord for bringing this situation into my life, that I may become a more patient person.”  It should have been, but it wasn’t. 

It’s time I give myself the “God’s still in control speech.”  Because He is.  I can fret and worry all I want and it won’t make one hair more grow on my bald head nor will it take away the current situation that is causing me to stress out.  If I don’t believe that God has a better plan for my life then I am not worshipping the Creator of the universe. 


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