The NIV uses disorder in place of confusion…”For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” When my life is so messed up, whose fault is that? When I am so confused, whose fault is that? When I think I have had enough and that I can’t TAKE. ANY. MORE. Whose fault is that? Once again, I come to the realization (will I continually do this in my life or will I ever GET it?!?!) that I must let go. I must let him. I must trust that things are in his hands.
In I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Do you ever get so overwhelmed with what is going on that you forget this promise? I do. Sometimes I think, “Lord, don’t you care!?! Things are out of control here. Will you please step up to the plate?” At which point I usually realize, he IS at the plate, but I am holding the bat!! It is at these times in my life that I realize…I cannot get it all done. It. Will. Not. Happen. But…no one asks me to get it all done…just to do my best. My best is good enough. My best is all He asks.
You know where my problem comes from…I don’t view my work as being “work of the Lord” but deep down, I guess it is. I view Moms with children still at home as doing the work of the Lord, as having a much greater job than I, people that work for the church or St. Vincent de Paul, or any number of other things as doing the work of the Lord, but me? No, I am not doing the work of the Lord…or AM I? If I am where I am supposed to be, shouldn’t I be using my work as a means of living my Christian faith? Am I not ALWAYS to be a witness for him? Am I not ALWAYS to be His instrument, to be used as a light in this world? I think I am…my work at work, my work at home, my life – every day, all day – is an opportunity and a place for me to shine his light and his love…not grumble that I cannot get it all done.
Lord, help me to be a light for you in the world today. Help me to step back, take a deep breath and realize that I can cast all my care on you and you will take it. Help me to give you the bat so you can take the swing. Help me to live for today…to recognize that this is the day that You made and help me to rejoice in it! Thank you, Lord, for ALL my blessings.
an edited repost from the archives