JUST IMAGINE

You know how they use the wind as a way to explain faith in God? You can’t see the wind but you know it’s there because you can see the effect it has on things. Well, let’s just say that today I can’t feel a breeze. Today, I’m struggling with my faith. Not because God has failed me, but because I can’t see him giving me a thumbs-up that tells me everything is going to be just fine. I can’t hear an audible voice telling me it’s going to work out.

Today is one of those days that I could gladly crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and wait for a better day to come along to replace this one. Today is one of those days in which I have to have faith by choice. Just to be clear, I stink at doing anything I don’t want to do simply because it’s good for me.

I don’t eat the foods that are good for me because they don’t taste as good as the foods that aren’t as good for me. I don’t exercise because not exercising looks so much more appealing. And I’m paying the price for making bad, lazy choices.

So today is the kind of day when I have to choose to do something that doesn’t come naturally for me. I have to choose to trust God to take care of me and praise him even though I have more confidence that man will fail me than that God will not fail me.

I have to choose to cast my cares on Him when it’s so much easier to worry.

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Author Dan Zadra wrote that “worry is a misuse of imagination.” It’s also scripturally not recommended. In fact, it shows a distinct lack of trust in God. Again and again, God’s word tells us to not be afraid, and what is worry if it’s not fear?

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, instead of worrying, I need to pray and let God know know what I need; or, at least, what I think I need. I’m sometimes wrong about what I think I need. Like I might think I need a new job when what I really need is a day off and a new appreciation for a job that puts food on my table, pays my bills, and does a fairly good job of keeping me out of trouble 40 hours a week.

See what I means? Perspective is everything!

Then I need to do it all with “thanksgiving” because, in spite of how I feel, God is always good, right?

In return, I get a peace that passes all understanding and a good God who will guard my heart and mind. And that would be great right now because my heart is feeling pretty ugly and my mind is not a fun place to hang out today. But I imagine things are about to get better very soon!