"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure everything out on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!"
From the 3rd chapter of Proverbs in The Message Bible.
I love this. I think about the peace that it can bring. I sometimes just have to say in my head, God, you've got this. Like, seriously, this is yours. Take it. Take this pit of worry or fear or anxiety from me. Your ways are better than my ways. Your plans are greater than my plans. I don't need things to go my way if I fully trust that your ways are better than mine. I don't need to know the when and where and how things will happen. I just have to trust. Relax. Breathe.
I'm guilty of already jumping ahead to 2018. We were discussing our plans/resolutions at dinner last night. One of our babies will start middle school, one kindergarten, and one preschool. Mike and I are both trying to figure out what we want to pursue together for 2018. I see a million things ahead to get all in a tizzy about, but the verse above leads me right back to where I need to be. Present in the here and now. Having faith that He has our best interest in mind. When I can remember to have faith outside of myself, I can have so much more Peace.
Is there something stressing you today? Can you make a conscious choice to let it go? And then take a deep breath. If it comes right back to you, let it go again and again and again. Could you give up your own plans/ideas/wishes for something even greater?
Worry is the exact opposite of faith. Worry says, I need to make this work. This may not work! What if this doesn't go the way I want it to go? Worry is about me and my happiness.
Faith says, God, I trust your plan.
Today I'm going to try to have more Faith.
More Joy in the Chaos.