Is your life a little crazy right now? I talked with one friend recently who said, “I don’t even know what normal is any more.” I know how she feels. Just when I think I have everything under control, something happens and I find myself feeling inadequate. This summer has been one of those seasons of life. This morning I found myself starting my day with the familiar thought, “I have so much to do and not enough time.”
God immediately brought to my mind what I had just read in Mark 2. In this chapter Jesus responds to the faith of a paralytic’s friends and heals him. Next He calls a tax collector to be his disciple (don’t think IRS, but instead more like extortionist). The man leaves his lucrative business to be a follower of Jesus. Then he hosts a dinner party for Jesus and invites his wild and crazy friends! In both situations the religious bunch criticized Jesus and both times Jesus used the opportunities to teach the Gospel.
What I saw through theses stories is that Jesus responds to people in need and people who put their faith in Him. He wasn’t impressed by those who thought they had it all together. Instead He worked in the lives of the folks who knew they needed help. He was merciful and compassionate. He is for those who trust in Him. He is for me.
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Because of Jesus and through Jesus we have all we could ever need for our lives. We have all the time we need to accomplish God’s purpose for our day. We have the right words. We have the help we need, the strength, the wisdom—all we need.
Our part is to ask and listen (Matthew 7:7-11; James 1:5-8). I’m not talking about a magical formula. I’m talking about entering into a deeper relationship with God where we share our needs and then be on the alert for how He answers and then act on what He shows us.
This morning I have a need. The person who was to be my right-hand gal for Katie’s wedding has an emergency in her family. Her attention will be on her family only for many months. My heart and prayers and help are with her. Yet, Katie’s wedding is approaching and I need help with it. I prayed about who God would have to help me. Later a friend called and I shared with her my other friend’s needs (with the first friend’s permission).
She said, “How can I help you? I want to come and help you.” (She lives in another state.)
At first I thought—This is too much to ask her—to come here and help me. I have friends here who can help. But then God prompted me—You just asked for help and here she is. What was I waiting for?
I asked God for help.
I told her I would love for her to come and help.
I have many other details to take care of for Katie’s wedding and I know God will provide all I need. God is generous and cares deeply for us. 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” God cares for you and about your life. Invite Him in.
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God is tender towards you and all that causes concern to you. Talk to Him. Trust Him with it all. Listen and then follow what He shows you.
It’s a moment-by-moment, step-by-step journey of trusting God more and knowing Him better.
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.