My day of rest was absolutely what I needed yesterday. Unfortunately, I am still achy and sick today. As I started typing, I realized that I was beginning to let the stress weigh on my shoulders again. I know there is so much to do today, but yet my body does not have the energy to do it. So, I opened up my favorite devotional, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young and this is what I read for today:
“Learn to live about your circumstances. This requires focused time with Me, the One who overcame the world. Trouble and distress are woven into the very fabric of this perishing world. Only My Life in you can empower you to face this endless flow of problems with good cheer.
As you sit quietly in My presence, I shine Peace into your troubled mind and heart. Little by little, you are freed from earthly shackles and lifted up above your circumstances. You gain My perspective on your life, enabling you to distinguish between what is important and what is not. Rest in My Presence, receiving Joy that no one can take away from you.”
Learn to live about your circumstances. Not within, but about. Yes, I am miserable, but if I just take some time this morning with God, He may show me how to get around my circumstances (which today is my illness). Yesterday because I was resting and sick, I had the opportunity to watch the Conclave for the Election of the new Pope. It was amazing. The prayers and songs that were lifted up asking for God’s strength during this very difficult discernment process were astounding. Out of the 115 Cardinals that were present – one of them must have circumstances in their life that could block them from a good discernment. Right? They have dropped everything to focus on God in the next several days or weeks of discernment. Electing a new Pope for the Catholic Church is a BIG DEAL! It puts my ministry work to shame. I mean how many people get to say that they discerned for the next Pope? Whoa. So the Cardinals must be utilizing God’s strength to move around their problems and issues, and discern for the new Pope. They won’t try to mess around with solving their problems. Nope, they will just move about them for the next few weeks. Letting God lead them down His path.
I couldn’t help but think, if I wouldn’t have taken the time to rest in God yesterday, I would have missed all of that. I wouldn’t have turned on the television (we are down to one – which is in my bedroom). I wouldn’t have taken the time to sit and soak in the prayers that those men were singing so beautifully in the Sistine Chapel. It was the opportunity of a lifetime for me. Pete and I had a wonderful experience in Rome together – just a few years ago. We have walked and admired that Sistine Chapel. We viewed the chimney that releases the infamous smoke once the Pope is elected. Just by watching this wonderful, prayerful moment; I relived my adventure with Pete. Rome to me was like Disney World for kids. I couldn’t get enough of Vatican City. I could go back hundreds of times and see something new and exciting. It was awesome! It moved me past my illness and into the presence of God.
So today, I am going to strive to live about my circumstances. I have circumstances every day that cause me to pause. Today, I am going to go around those issues. I am not going to try to tackle them head on; I am just going to go around them. God will lead me down my path. He will show me the way. After all he showed Moses the way about the Red Sea, didn’t he? My circumstances can’t be as heavy-duty as the parting of the Red Sea. I just have a cold! So, I am sure God can show me the secret passage. I am positive I will get done the important tasks and leave alone the rest. God will always help me find a way. He knows how important this move is to my family and our faith life. Even when obstacles seemingly block my path, God will show me the way around it!
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.