Saturday, September 4, 2010

Divine Intervention

Its been a little while since I've posted primarily because it has been nuts around here. When I say "nuts", I mean completely overwhelming. I've tried to analyze exactly what's going on because I made it through a hectic summer with a newborn and lots of responsibility and once summer was over it all seemed to fall apart. It all seemed harder. My baby that slept so well all summer all the sudden is getting up 4 and 5 times during the night and my "magic" touch of getting 2 children down for nap together seemed to have disappeared.
I've been exhausted and cranky and wallowing in self-pity. In fact, this afternoon, I called Jared while he was out playing disc golf and pretty much let him have it for leaving me alone with 2 kids. He (in his wonderful way) immediately left and came home so I could take a nap. When Kie woke up crying he took him on a drive so I could rest. However, God didn't allow me to go back to sleep. Instead, I came downstairs and spent some quality time with Him. I wouldn't usually post exactly what God shared with me but I believe it was a divine appointment with me & God and I couldn't not share it. I'm simply going to share exactly what I wrote in my journal from what I read.

In 1 Chronicles 1:9-16, David revealed his desire to trust God for ultimate control. We say God is in control. We sing songs about trusting Him, but what a difference in the person who lives like God is the source and sustainer. In spite of full lives, somehow they still seem at rest. They aren't exhausted from a life filled with anxiety as they seem to control people and events. They are also not frustrated when things don't go as they had hoped. They are satisfied with the rewards of obeying God and rest easy knowing that the outcome was given and allowed by a God who loves them and has their best interest in mind.
I think I do this about the BIG things in my life but I struggle with little, everyday details.
George Muller said, "The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. The beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety" Our anxiety always stems from a desire to control and indicates that we have ceased to trust the Lord. When we are depending on the Lord to hand the people and circumstances in our lives, the outcome will be an existence virtually free from worry, anxiety and fear.
Matthew 6:30-32 NLT says
"And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don't worry about these things saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' these things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs"


Jenna said...

Thanks for sharing Bobi Ann...I needed to read that today! I too feel like I trust God and allow Him to be in control of the big things but I tend to try and control the day to day and find myself easily overwhelmed by the smallest things. Praying we will learn to rely on Him in the day to day!

Shell n Chris Kopp said...

Thanks BA

Funderstorm said...

I appreciate your sharing. If this is your might consider publishing it someday. It is a blessing to read and such an encouragement to those of us not as far along in our journey as you. :) I miss those days of study with you...wasn't that long ago, but boy sometimes it FEELS like it.

I love your heart so much. ~R

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. This is part of my journal from last week. I was feeling frustrated because when I compare myself to others I feel like I should be trying harder to have it all together. God really spoke to me. He made me see how I truly need Him and that is not a bad thing. I titled it "Happy to be a looser." haha It's not exactly what you are going through but kinda...
I am inadequate. I don’t just feel that way in my job, as mom, in my ministry, as a wife, in relation to others, it is real!! I am a sinner. The moment I get real about that, and stop trying to make it seem to others that I have it all together in any aspect of my life, will be the moment they can relate to me because we all feel this way. It is in these moments that we show others how much we need Him and they might see how much they need him. We as self righteous people do not lead others to Christ. He Justifies us…
Justification: the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while he is still in a sinning state.
He is so awesome and loving. Not only does He justify us but he allows us to look Him in the face and have peace in this state. Why? I am not sure but I am so thankful I belong to Him. May my life, warts and all, be a reflection of His grace, mercy, and patients! I never again want to think I have it all together because it’s in that moment I am saying I don’t need Him.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 (New International Version)
15Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed reading your blogs. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday morning biblestudy! Look forward to reading more! I told you I would give you thie link to my blog. Right now it is through livejournal, but I might end up switching to blogspot... we'll see.
Thanks for sharing yours! ;)
Lauren Patterson