Every day contains a mixture of emotions. Our first impulse upon waking can be the need for more time to sleep or the urgency of getting to the bathroom. From there on decisions have to be made. What should I wear? Did I wear that a few days ago? What should I have for breakfast? No time – I spent too much time trying to decide what to wear.
Get the kids off to school – did you pack their lunches? This is a dream I continue to have, in which I always forget to pack lunches. They no longer require me to do so, but the nightmare has haunted me even until this day. There must be some psychological reason for that.
Once on the job, we continue to struggle to make difficult decisions, face serious problems and feel like we’re on an emotional roller coaster. It doesn’t end when you punch the time clock. When you arrive home, you are faced with a millions choices to make. What should we have for dinner? Why didn’t I stock up at the grocery store before coming home? Will I have time to make it to daughter’s dance lessons and drop off my son for football practice? Did I feed the dog?
OK, these are pretty mundane emotional ups and downs. How about this? Will I get good results from the doctor? What if the lump is still there? How will my family deal with this? I lost my job, now what do I do? What will we do if we have to bring mother in to our house to live? How do I handle dementia? My friend is facing divorce. What do I tell her? How can I help when I have so many things on my own plate? The world is filled with nothing but bad news. How can I remain positive? How do I soothe my child’s being bullied at school?
I could go on and on about the every day crises we face, but I don’t want this to be a depressing post. Jesus gave us a solution to this dilemma when He said, “Come unto me, you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Those words don’t always cut it when you’re facing foreclosure and bankruptcy or you just discovered your mate is having an affair. Our first impulse is to try and figure things out for ourselves. It might even seem like a cop out to just say that God will take care of things. We have this inborn need to be in charge of our own destiny.
God isn’t telling us to not be involved in these things, but He’s inviting us to turn to Him first. We really need to surrender to His will in every area of our living. He has promised to give us the answers we need if we trust in His wisdom, love and power FIRST.