Life is hard, chaotic, and messy. It can be tempting to want to curl up in the corner and hope that the mess will fix itself. Unfortunately that's not the way it works. When life sends us spinning into chaos, we have to stop.....take a deep breath.....refocus.....and ask God to show us the next step.
The answer will come. It may take a while but it will come. God has promised us that we can be still in His presence while we wait patently for Him to act. We don't have to keep spinning with the "what if's" and the "how is this going to end?"
This year has been full of chaos and messiness in my life. I have had to make hard choices. I've had to be strong when I wanted to just crumple onto the floor. I've had to keep going when I wanted to just give up. I've had to be still and wait when I wanted to jump in and fix it.
None of this has been possible in my own strength. It has only come through my reliance on Christ. When I gave Him control, He gave me His peace. Peace that keeps me grateful and hopeful as the chaos continues to swirl around me. Peace that reminds me that God cares deeply for me and the details of my life. Peace that gives me strength to keep taking the next step. Even when that next step may not be the easy one.
I take comfort in knowing that God is in control of all the tomorrows in my life. I just have to focus on the steps for today. As I still my heart and focus on Him, he shows me what those steps are. I don't have to have all the answers for tomorrow, next week or even next year. Trying to figure that out causes stress and anxiety in my heart and doesn't allow room for God's peace.
When God's peace is within me I will not fear tomorrow. I can live each day with joy. I will walk in freedom. And I will fulfill the purpose God has for this chapter of my life.