I read a quote a couple of weeks ago that has stuck with me. “Moving fast is not necessarily the same thing as going somewhere”. You’ve been there before…spinning your wheels but not moving! Sometimes it seems like life overwhelms you and you are just spinning your wheels. Not necessarily accomplishing anything but nonetheless “moving fast”.
When that happens, we need to stop moving and assess the needs. What needs to be accomplished today? Then work on that one issue until it is accomplished. Then move to the next. I know what you’re thinking – “Yeah, right!” I’ve been there more times than I could count. Everything happens at once, everything needs to be taken care of at the same time, I need to be in 2 places at once, etc. But at the same time I know the Bible says “Be anxious for nothing”. “Can you add an inch to your stature by worrying?” God knows what needs to be accomplished. He also knows what you can handle and what you can’t.
This next month is going to be a busy one for my family. One daughter, Katie will be finishing up her first year at College, finals, and moving out of the dorm back home (until August). The other, Lindsay, will be starting Grad school and needs to be moved from home to an apartment in another city. Looking for apartments and Easter this weekend, Relay For Life the next! I have a speaking engagement one weekend, SLSM Graduation the next. All exciting things but happening all at once is a little overwhelming.
What can I do about it? Step back and take one thing at a time. I will cover each weeks activities as they come. I am determined not to stress over them but to approach each one with purpose, knowing that God has it all under control anyway!
God is interested in every little detail of your life. If you don’t believe it, ask my daughter! She just had an incredible testimony as to just how much God cares about each individuals life. She applied to two different Physical Therapy Programs. One particular College was located in Savannah and was her first choice! The other, while comparable in programs was not located in a city of her choice. A good city but not one a 22-year-old would choose to live in! She was accepted to the 2nd choice program while the first was dragging their feet about notifying her. Time ticked on, looked like 2nd choice it was. She registered for classes, got a student loan approved, looked for roommates, and scheduled a visit to choose her living arrangements on last Saturday. On Friday, the day before our trip, she got an email inviting her to attend 1st choice program in Savannah! “AAARRRGGGHHH! “She yelled, “you’ve got to be kidding! What do I do now? Do I continue on with plans for choice #2 since I’ve pretty much completed my plans or do I start all over again and go to Savannah?” She was torn between the two. My advice – “Pray about it. Ask God which one He has purposed for you to attend”. She had already done that and was resolved to attend which ever one God desired. She would go to choice #2 if that is God’s will. She basically only wanted God’s best for her and she knew He would lead her in that. So she had two ministers, that she trusts very much, pray with her that she makes the right decision. In the prayer, one minister asked God to make the choice obvious and to give her the desire of her heart. The next day, she and I head to city #2 to meet her potential roommates and to look at apartments and rental houses of their choice. Almost right off, I had a negative feeling about the compatibility of the roommates. Both very nice girls but possible conflicting personalities. I decided that it was not fair to make a quick judgment and I should not express my opinion to Lindsay. After looking at the first place and traveling to the next, Lindsay looks at me and says, “I don’t know about living with these girls”. We decided to continue and further assess the situation. When all was said and done, the roommates wanted the exact opposite of what Lindsay wanted in a living space. They wanted to make a snap decision and sign a lease and Lindsay was not willing to do that. (After all, she had Savannah in the wings). We inquired about her living alone there and made up our mind that if she remained with this program, she would live alone and look for another possible roommate. Before leaving, we decided to eat supper. As we were sitting there, Lindsay said, “We prayed that the choice would be obvious and I think after today, it is pretty obvious, what do you think?” It became rather laughable but she decided to sleep on it and see if she still felt the same way the next morning. We drove home, when we got there she had an email waiting for her from a girl who needed a roommate in Savannah. Lindsay said “this has to be a sign”. She went to check her out on facebook and immediately came back and said, “she is an athletic trainer like me, this has to be a sign!” On Monday she spoke with the Financial Aid office in Savannah to make sure her student loan would transfer with no problems, they assured her there would be no issues. She has now made her choice – her 1st choice all along – Savannah!
I know that was a long story but I just wanted to show you that God will work out so many intricate details to get you where you need to be. He not only worked it out but He gave her the desire of her heart. He made it an obvious choice. Most important, Lindsay has peace about the decision. God arranged so many things in her favor that she is confident that she is going where He wants her. That was her main desire – to be in His will!
All that to say, that if God will work all that out for my 22-year-old, then He will most certainly work everything else out. We will get everything done during this next month that needs to be done. No need to stress – He’s got this!
That is the word to you – “HE’S GOT THIS!”
So stop moving fast and start going somewhere! Follow God’s lead. He will guide you into your purpose. Yes, I mean your everyday purpose! The details that make up your day, your week, your month, your life! God is not only interested, He has designed it for you. He has worked out every little detail, to make you aware of His will. When nothing needs to be left to chance, He’s Got Your Back! When there are important decisions to make, He will make it obvious if you ask. When your future hangs in the balance, He has you in the palm of His hand.
Stop spinning your wheels. Stop and let God lead you. Stop and do one thing at a time. Stop moving so fast so you can get something accomplished. God not only cares but has it all worked out! Jesus said that if we seek His kingdom first that all of these things would be added to us. He said, do not worry about the details of your life, that He knows what we have need of. He knows and will supply it.
So, one last question – “Are you just moving fast or are you really going somewhere?”