Are there ever any times in your life when you feel totally overwhelmed? Are there times when you shake your head, and struggle to remember the times when life didn’t overwhelm?
Sometimes, it seems as if trials, troubles and adversities pile up, and hit relentlessly, without any sign of letting up. Disappointments. Frustrations. Set-backs. We get attacked from every side. It’s enough to bring us to our knees.
Maybe that’s where we should be. On our knees. Surrendering. Not to defeat, under pressure, but surrendering to God’s sovereignty, under His grace.
When life beats us up and threatens to undo us, whether it’s illness, loss, estrangement — fill in your own personal blank — peace can be found in remembering all that Jesus has done for us, and simply telling our Savior we love him.
Taking our focus off our problems can be difficult sometimes. We try, but then something else attacks us, and brings us right back to the center of worry, disappointment, pain.
In marbles, there is a game, Bombardier, where the players hold their shooters over the ring of unsuspecting marbles below. The released shooters fall, smack into the marbles, and scatter them every which a way.
Life can be a lot like that.
That’s when we need to be mindful that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. Savor those gifts. Take them into our being, and thank Him.
First sip of hot tea, or coffee in the morning…Jesus, I love you.
First bird song of the day…Jesus, I love you.
The presence of a friend…Jesus, I love you.
Smile from a stranger…Jesus, I love you.
Food in the pantry…Jesus, I love you.
Rest from a day well-lived…Jesus, I love you.
Forgiveness from our sins…Jesus, I love you.
When we take our eyes off our problems and disappointments, and direct them to the goodness around us, how can we not tell Jesus we love Him?
What are your thoughts on the subject?
I (Jesus) told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world. John 16:33 NCV
I wish you well.
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Thanks! This goes hand in hand in hand with the leadership devotion from Gateway this morning. I amazed that both devotions have exactly what I need.
Want to know what’s really amazing? I wrote this December 13, 2013. Thirteen days after I broke my hip. I kept moving around when it would post. We serve an awesome God, whose timing is always on time!