It’s funny how a lot of people’s default reaction to any issue or unfavorable circumstance is panic, frustration and worry. Wake up late… panic, start coughing… worry, car breaks down… panic. I think you get the picture. I currently work for a company that is undergoing a lot of changes. The company is restructuring everything down to the way our desk are arranged. So, you can probably guess the morale within many departments is just about in the dump. Many people are worrying or flat-out upset. Every now and again I even find myself getting worked up when a process is changed, but then I begin to think about how some people in the world don’t have jobs. I’m reminded that somewhere, someone in a much higher position than me, looking at a way bigger picture than me and serving a purpose a little greater than just figuring out where I sit, thought this was a good idea. I can’t see all the pieces to the puzzle, but I have to believe the restructuring is working for a greater good or find another company to work for. But, that’s another post. The same goes with God. We can’t see all the pieces to this puzzle called life, but we can find comfort in the process as believers. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” So many times we try to think for God or even worse we try to out think God. When what we really should do is simply check our feelings and respect the process. Instead of panicking, worrying and getting all upset, why not ask God what he is trying to show you? Trust me, I know how it is to be going through something and wondering why is this happening to me.
When I was a little girl I can remember being tossed in the deep end of the pool. I was unable to swim and really afraid, so of course my default emotion was panic. The 5 ft pool instantly felt like it turned into the Gulf of Mexico. I mean I was fighting the water, kicking and carrying on. It wasn’t until I calmed myself that I was able to think clearly and realize what I needed to do. In my mind, I was drowning and no one was going to save me. It felt like I had been underwater forever but then something happened. I stood up! I simply put my feet down and stood my 5’2″ self up in that 5 ft deep pool. You’re probably thinking what does this have to do with me? Well, some of you are standing in the pool of life and drowning because you’ve forgotten that God is greater. God is trying to grow you in certain areas of your life or he may be trying to move you out of a situation and your default emotions are hindering you. You may even be thinking that God is taking entirely too long or maybe that he’s forgotten about you. But I beg to differ. When I was in that water it seemed like 20 minutes had past but in actuality it was probably less than 60 seconds. I also thought no one knew what I was going through, but it wasn’t until I came up when I was able to see help coming and hear them saying stand up.
I want to encourage you going forward to check your default emotional settings. Are you panicking when you should be praising? Are you worrying when you should be worshiping? There is peace that you can have in all circumstances. (Phil. 4:7) If you find yourself worrying, frustrated, upset or fighting for a certain relationship, job or any situation take inventory of your emotions and press the reset. Start praising your way through today knowing that our Father in heaven has already defeated the enemy, that bill and even that struggle! Why you ask…Because you are from God and have overcome these things and greater is He that is in you than he that’s in the world. (John 4:4)