Do you ever wonder how your efforts for today will pay off tomorrow? Do you ever wonder whether or not what you are doing now will make any impact? Or how to know if what you are doing is the right thing or right way?
I live in a household of runners. My husband was a runner in high school, and still enjoys running for exercise. His father used to run in college. My oldest son ran on the cross country and track teams in high school. Now my youngest son runs on those same teams.
I was recently at one of his track meets and God met me there.
“Mom? I’m really nervous about this exam.”
“A little nervousness is okay…it prompts you to prepare, to study, to do your due diligence.”
He went on to explain, “I just found out about this exam today. This is more than a little nervous, Mom. I’m jittery, jumping out of my skin, nauseous, and I can’t think clearly. It’s almost like I’m panicking. I’m just overwhelmed by it all.”
“You’re right Hon, that’s more than just a little nervousness. That’s a spirit of fear yelling at you.”
“So what do I do about it?”
Repeatedly throughout Scripture, God reminds us of our true identity: who we are and whose we are. It is crucial to hide the Word of God in your heart, so when the lying whispers of the enemy attack, you can refute them with truth. For those days when you need the encouraging reminder, here are just a few of those verses that declare the truth about our identity.
“Would you pray for me?” the young woman asked, head bowed and eyes hidden from my gaze by her long, dark hair. “It would be my honor. How would you like me to pray for you?” I asked as I took her hands in mine, after handing her a tissue to dry her eyes as the cascade of tears began to flow. “I need God to heal me…” her voice barely a whisper now, as the tears caught in her throat.
Focus on the next step. Too often, we look at the mountain before us and that overwhelms us, so we think we can’t do it. Facing an entire mountain is overwhelming, but taking the very next step is not.
Have you ever been surprised and stranded by a sudden change in weather? Sometimes, the battle to get to your destination can be fierce. Have you ever wondered how Jesus was able to sleep through a sudden storm?