My thoughts began to swirl around me as I paced the floor with a baby on my hip. I feel trapped…I have to get out of here…Where is he?…He is always late…
The accusations began to build momentum with the ticking of the clock. By the time my husband walked in the door, I jammed the baby in his arms and ran out. Oh, the joy of a walk! All by myself! No one pulling on me…crying…needing something.
He has no idea how this feels…I am going crazy…When do I have any time for me…
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Have you ever felt trapped? …In your mind…
You may not have been in the situation where you had 4 children ages 6, 4, 2, and newborn, but you have probably felt trapped before.
When the disciples woke him up afraid for their lives, he awoke and changed the outer environment through the heaven-found peace that His life was tethered to.
“The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”
The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”” Luke 8:24-25 NLT
Anchored Peace requires Faith
After Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples “Where is your faith?” He wanted to disciples to walk like He walked, so filled with faith that they could sleep through the storms of life and change the environment by the peace they found within.
Reeling from the news that my husband had been laid off, I took off early in the morning for a prayer walk. I gave God my long list of concerns and ended my conversation with“And God, we need groceries!”
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God Knows and Cares about the Details of Your Life
I still smile when I remember the acquaintance that came to my door with 4 bags of groceries, enough to feed my 4 small children. She didn’t know what we were going through, but God did!
What are the unseen details of your life right now that you are crying out to God to answer. God is in the details. Pour out your heart to Him. Place the burden of your concern onto Him. He is able to carry it, you aren’t.
God Knows and Cares about Your Heart Concerns
God is able to see the big picture. He knows the concerns of your heart. He also knows what is best for you. Even when you don’t know what to pray, He does.
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:26-28 NLT)
When I cried out to God and said, “We need groceries!” The Holy Spirit interpreted not only my present need but my larger concern. Yes, I had an immediate need for food. But I had a larger need to know that we could trust God through the transition. Not only did this encourage me, it has encouraged everyone I have shared it with. It shows the faithful character of God.
God Knows and Cares about Your Character Development
Our character is developed as God takes us through tough seasons in our lives.
It is through trial and suffering that we become more like God.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)
I know that everything I go through, I find I have a greater compassion for others who are experiencing what I did.
One morning when I was standing at the kitchen sink with my hands in dishwater, my husband told me that the company he was working for was going under. Everyone was laid off. At that time in our lives, I was staying home with 4 small children ages 6, 4, 2, and newborn. It was not a good time for me to go out and find a job.
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Who Do You Look To, When Your World Falls Apart?
When something difficult happens in our lives, it’s easy to go into “fix-it mode.” We try to figure out why something bad happened.
Fear Looks Down, Faith Looks Up
It’s appropriate to examine our lives to learn from our mistakes. Yet if we aren’t careful, our heads hang down and we magnify the negative of the circumstances as we try to figure it all out.
Fear looks down and magnifies the negative.
Faith looks up and magnifies God.
Faith compares the circumstance to the mighty God of the Universe. God is not only able to help you learn from your mistakes, He is able to transform you in the process.
Your Set Back, Can Be God’s Set Up
All those years ago when my hands were in the dish-water after hearing about my husband being laid off, my heart was suddenly filled with a gift of faith. God dropped in my heart these words that I said to my husband, “Honey, it must mean that promotion is around the corner for you.”
Those faith-filled words, helped change my perspective. Rather that fearfully looking down, I looked up to God in faith. Over the years, I have seen God use my difficulties and the difficulties of others as a set up for His promotion.
Preparing for Promotion
If you are in a difficult situation, this is not the end of your story. God is for you. Here are some things that we can do to position ourselves for God’s promotion:
1. Humble Yourself
True humility is rightly seeing yourself and rightly seeing God. C.S. Lewis, a great Christian Theologian said this,
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis
Walking in humility is not having poor self-esteem. True humility is the opposite of both pride and insecurity. Humility is seeing things with God’s perspective. God hates pride. 1 Peter 5:5 NLT says,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Humility is not thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to think… nor thinking more lowly than you ought to think. Humility chooses to walk in God’s grace.
2. Dare to Dream
Seeing things God’s way calls you to look up. God is great and mighty. He has created each human being in His image. He invites each one of us to dream His dream. He is the master-designer and He created you on purpose. Ephesians 2:10 NLT says,
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
God has a plan. His plan is for your good. His plan is far more that you can hope for.
It’s at those twists and turns in your journey, that you need to remind yourself that this does not take God by surprise. It may be that he is preparing you for the next stage in your adventure in life.
3. Say Yes to God
At each transitional point in our lives, we have a fresh opportunity to say yes to God. I have found myself at a number of these turns praying these words:
God, I will go ANYWHERE You want me to go!
I will do ANYTHING You want me to do!
I will serve ANYONE You want me to serve.
I surrender. Show me and I will follow you.
God’s Promotion doesn’t come from the hand of man but from God Himself. He prepares you for His promotion by preparing your character to completely trust Him.