Do you ever have those days when your mind is at ease and suddenly life comes down and squishes you?
The other night I was tossing and turning with dozens of thoughts running through my mind; how many of you do that?
During the day, we tend to be busy and have our thoughts focused on the now. But at night, thoughts tend to run around in our heads at rollercoaster speed. The beginning of each worry is: what if?
A good portion of the ‘what if’ worries are ones we create ourselves, or simple ‘worries’ we blow out of proportion.
Sometimes we don’t classify our thoughts as worries, we may say ‘I’m just thinking about it’ or something similar. But, if we are dwelling on a thought or problem all the time, we are worrying. The definition of worry is
Allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles
To torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret
The second definition kind of hones in on what worry does to us; it torments us, and we suffer from it.
How much “damage” do we bring on ourselves because of worry? Too much I am afraid to say; headaches, sleepless nights, and just plain wearing ourselves down.
While we all have concerns and worries, they don’t have to control us or our thoughts. There has to come a point where we say “I’m done” “I’m not going to let it consume me” We throw in the towel and just live.
Each of our worries does have an outcome, we need to sit back and let God show it to us. And if God chooses to not solve our worries or problems for a while, then the best thing we can do is live. Just live.
Live each day knowing God has His hand in every care, worry, or concern we have.
Jeremiah 29:11 says (ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope
We are not God, we cannot see the future, we have no control over anything, God does. All we can do is live.
If you will permit me, I would like to add in some lyrics, ones from a Christmas movie, but one that goes with what I’m talking about.
Life is like a journey
Who knows when it ends?
Yes, and if you need to know the measure of a man you simply count his friends
Stop and look around you
The glory that you see
Is born again each day, don’t let it slip away
How precious life can be
Life is a journey; one that is precious, fragile, and should be taken one day at a time. Our journey will be filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations, and special moments. But the road will not always be smooth; throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. There will be detours, roadblocks, pot-holes, and traffic jams.
Some of these obstacles will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. But sometimes these obstacles are really blessings in disguise, only we don’t realize that at the time.
When we are in the midst of a trial and we can’t see the end, the last thing on our minds at that moment is wondering what blessings will come from that hard time. But once the trial has been resolved, we can look back and (hopefully) see the good that came from it. We may have to look really hard, but everything that happens in our life happens for a reason and sometimes that means we must face heartaches in order to experience joy.
And that is the keyword here; Joy. Our life journey should be joyful. It should be filled with moments of joy, but we can’t experience joy if we constantly worry or overthink the situations we have no control over.
Time stops for no one, and if we allow ourselves to be caught up in worries, we might miss out on some really amazing things that life has to offer.
Our journey, as I said, will have detours, life can take us on many twists and turns, the best thing for us to do is; go with the flow and see where it takes you.
I remember back in June, my parents and I took a trip to Door Country (aka, the thumb of Wisconsin) and the one thing we did was not plan anything. We did not have a list of places we wanted to stop, we didn’t have an itinerary, we just drove and stopped where we wanted to stop and just went with the flow.
There are certain things we should plan out in our lives, but we should always make a spot for nothing. Leave a space open for some randomness, a place for a time of spontaneity; you never know what will come your way. Or the memories you can make by just going with the flow and letting go of worry.
Memories are priceless treasures that we can cherish forever in our hearts. I have hundreds of photos, souvenirs, postcards, and other things from our travels. Each one holds a memory that I hold on to.
Life can be spontaneous, interesting, fun, memorable, and joyful. We just have to let go and let it be.
Last Weeks Posts:
Monday Devotional: The God of the Impossible
Wednesday’s Post: It Has Been One Year