Monday, August 12, 2013

Perfectly Placed

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" Isaiah 55:8-9

Like almost every morning, I scanned through my e-mails.  Because I had none showing up in my "VIP" list, (my way of filtering my favorites), I knew nothing was of immediate importance or worth. As I scrolled through, I stopped on a devotional.  If the opening scripture does not speak to me quickly in a moment like this, before my morning coffee has taken on it's full effect, I click delete before I even think about it.  This morning, I continued reading....

Even now, two hours later I can not remember what the content of that email was, but I do know that with that opening verse, God spoke swiftly to a part of me that was searching for stillness amongst the clatter of the things going through my mind.  Finding sleep last night was difficult as I played out every scenario and situation I am currently involved with.  With quite a bit of anxiety, I tossed and turned; with every turn a different topic came to my mind and I was sucked back into trying to "figure it all out."  I did not find a peaceful state to sleep last night, and my dreams continued the craziness in my head.  It was with that opening scripture that God jolted my attention; I was trying to figure it all out instead of trusting Him.

I am guilty of feeling it is my responsibility to make things run smooth in all aspects of life.  It is part of the "people pleaser" in me that is still in recovery. I get so caught up in things that I feel are injustices, that I take on this persona of a warrior going after the kill, and if I am not careful and very purposeful in my approach, I begin to take over where only God is suppose to be in control. I heard God say to me in the midst of my morning fog, "I am not your team mate, I am your leader, Bonnie. Give me back the control and rest.  I have you placed where I want you, allow me to guide you." 

Today, rest in the sovereignty of the Almighty, that He has you PERFECTLY PLACED right where He wants you.  Give Him back the control and allow Him to guide you in the purpose that He is working through you.  Jim Elliot, the missionary martyr once said, "Where ever you are, be all there", don't just be there, be ALL there.  Be ALL that mom that God wants you to be.  Be ALL that wife that God wants you to be.  Be ALL that leader God wants you to be; and be ALL that friend that God wants you to be.  Remember, His thoughts are not ours, His ways are HIGHER~ If God has you in this moment, in that relationship, in that circumstance, it is for a reason.  Trust Him, and give Him back His proper place...the lead....

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