Thursday, February 9, 2012

it's been a week (just hang on)

I've been challenged this week to stay sane and not lose my mind.  Nothing huge, just little things that add up. More and more I realize how dependent I am on routine and predictability.  I am realizing that because when things come up or change is when I struggle the most with being joyful and remaining positive.

Through it all though, I just keep seeking God.  Seeking God and sweating.  Those are the two things that keep me sane when I feel like things are out of control.  And truly, they aren't that out of control, but it certainly can feel like it.

Last night in my women's Bible Study a friend shared this scripture, particularly in The Message version.  I love how the word of God comes alive in a new way when you read it in a different version.  Lately when a verse or passage strikes me, I look it up in several different versions.  The other night I wrote down every adjective used in the various versions of Ephesians 3:20

Back to last night.  Many of us are familiar with Jeremiah 29:11, "for I know the plans I have for you..."  But the verse prior and the few verses after have such richness too.

This is God's Word on the subject: 
As soon as Babylon's seventy years are up and not a day before
I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. 
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. 
When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. 
When you come looking for me, you'll find me. 
Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed.
I'll turn things around for you.
You can count on it. 
Jeremiah 29:10-14, selected phrases

How good is that? The Word of God is always so good.  

My friend pointed out how it says "not a day before."  We wait a long time sometimes for God to answer prayer, for his promises to be fulfilled.  We pray and want to give up or change our prayers because it seems like God doesn't hear.  

It's hard to wait.  To be patient.  To be obedient.  To persevere, knowing you are doing the right thing.  This applies to so many areas of life.  Even parenting.  We stick with our rules and our methods and sometimes it seems like it just isn't working...but usually it is, we just aren't seeing the fruit yet.

But God never disappoints!  He always shows up.

And even though I'm still struggling through the mire of my own mind this week, I am thankful for the Word of God that revives my soul.  It helps me hang on just a bit longer.