One of my favorite things about God is His ideal timing…
God’s Word always provides the answer to our problems; we just have to be willing to go there.
I’m perpetually guilty of getting caught up in the crazy-business of life and losing focus on the things that really matter. Attempting to search for the bottom of a to-do-list just to realize the rest of my calendar is filled with activities, deadlines and appointments, sometimes just doesn’t settle well with me. Raising children, planning meals, a demanding job…the list goes on― these are things that keep my husband and I and most other grown-ups on the go. Let’s face it, sometimes “adult-ing” is tough… in the heat of the moment we often forget to breathe and allow God to direct our steps.
So far homeschooling my son this school year has proved to be somewhat stressful and difficult…second grade started and my boy has brought to the table not only his school books, but an exasperating attitude nearly every day.
Recently I sternly but rationally discussed with him the possibility of maybe focusing a little more, in light of finishing Math in an hour’s time, rather than three hours. And it’s not that he struggles with the work or expectations, he’s perfectly capable, he’s just preoccupied with other interests and therefore it distracts him from the matter at hand.
Needless to say the conversation didn’t appeal well to him and it left me feeling helpless and as a result I slowly walked away from the table and plopped down on the sofa and sighed, most likely dramatically.
As I sat there, I aimlessly thumbed through pictures on my phone, trying to collect myself and my concerns. However when I came to a screenshot I had saved weeks before, it grabbed my attention and my thoughts were entirely redirected to the very words in front of my eyes: ‘The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.’ Zephaniah 3:17
In that precise moment those words were exactly what I needed to see, read, and hold on to. God replaced my anxious feelings with His words of positive affirmation. Just moments before I had allowed my circumstances to consume me without considering the fact that God held the answer to my problems all along. It wasn’t until He interrupted my thoughts through an electronic device (which I was using to find comfort) that I finally realized to turn to Him during the trial I was experiencing.
Those words from Zephaniah (inspired by God) speak to my heart and remind me of God’s faithfulness. The God of the universe, who miraculously spoke the world into existence, wants to ‘save me’ and ‘rejoice over me with gladness’ and ‘quiet me with His love’ and He wants to do the same for you and the rest of His people. No matter what our circumstances might look like, no matter how crazy-busy are lives might become, God desires us to feel wanted and loved…
He wants that for the unfriendly cashier at the check-out line, the man who can’t seem to please a demanding boss, the woman with a barren womb after years of trying to conceive, and for the little boy who daydreams about “Lego-building” rather than focusing on school work.
God’s love for us is simply unconditional. And if I’m going to be an example of the Living God, as His follower I must possess the same characters as Jesus by responding with love, patience, and understanding even during the most stressful of days. I must allow God to direct my footsteps when the path seems inevitably challenging, trusting that He has things under control, and considering His ways right from the start of an undesirable moment.
If I am quick to allow God to lead my steps I’m left with a peaceful, humbled soul, but done on my own I’m left picking up the pieces to a regretful, shattered heart.
This world we live in shows no signs of slowing down as the population grows, technology increases, and morals shift. It’s so incredibly easy to become distracted from the purpose of life― when that happens we must make time to immerse ourselves in scripture, allowing God’s word to deliver us through the deep waters of life’s obstacles, catching our breath through His comforting words.
Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you― protect you from his anger on that day of destruction. Zephaniah 2:3
*Disclaimer:) for me, writing these posts comes easy, it’s naming the title that throws me everytime…so this particular post-title my husband came up with!! (it’s catchy anyways)