Lately, I’ve been experiencing one of “those weeks”…
Getting out of bed has been difficult lately as I struggle with my mental and physical energy being up and down.
As the alarm on my iPhone plays it whimsical chimes in the early hours of the morning, sometimes I lay in bed for more than a few minutes thinking about all the things I need to do for the day. On top of that, I wonder if I have the energy to cope. Anxious thoughts of the to-do list quickly start to sprout like mushrooms while assessing how much strength I will have to do it.
Yeah…You think about that too?
Good, you’re definitely not alone. TRUST ME!
I seriously thank God that His strength and power is enough to carry through the extraordinary and the everyday. This includes the terrible and terrific days.
On the days where I wake up feeling down, weak, and off my game, it’s fantastic to know that God is closely beside me with His all strength and power. As an extra bonus, He already has the day planned out for me.
God and I both know that I have this very unbecoming habit (that He’s definitely trying to help me break) of judging the day and all that’s in it before it starts. It can be me dwelling on what happened from the day before or something as simple as the weather. Sometimes, all it takes for me to look outside my window at ever-changing forecast here in South Florida and say “Yep. It’s going to be a “crazy” or “beautiful” day today.”
More and more I’m realizing how ridiculous that is and how my focus is ALL WRONG. These thoughts are all based on what I can attempt to tackle and do on my own severely limited strength instead of God’s unlimited power and protection. All the while, God is loving standing by waiting for me to turn and fix my attention to Him as He guides me through the day.
God promises to be our strength and our shield giving us the energy we need to get through the day with ordered steps while protecting us from dangers seen and unseen. This does NOT mean that we won’t have any trouble in our days. We should expect them giving that even our most routine days while have something awry in it.
However, it’s imperative that we do our part. We must refuse to waste our time and energy worrying about strength for the day and plug into God’s unlimited strength. This will require intense focus and quality time with Him as we strive to keep our eyes fixed on Him. But, the rewards will be worth it.
We also need to surrender and TRUST (there goes that word again, click here for explanation) our to-do lists, our plans to God as He watches over and guides us step-by-step in our days knowing that He knows what’s on the journey ahead.
God’s peace, protection, and loving guidance while enduring one of “those days” or “weeks” is like rich treasure to be discovered. It’s all in where I place my focus. I can focus on the negative trash-thoughts of my anxiety or… I can look to God’s help and unlimited power finding His treasure.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”