Many years ago, (more years than I care to mention), my little ones saw me crying in frustration one evening. I didn’t mean to let it all go like that, but I couldn’t hold in my feelings any longer. My sensitive daughter asked me what was wrong and I said that Mommy was having a rough day and I was just feeling sad. My son wiped my eye and tenderly said, “It’s ok, Mommy.” The wisdom of children. They aren’t trying to be wise, but in their simplicity, they can speak God’s truth.
Did you know God runs the world without your assistance? I know it’s a comical point to make, but sometimes I think we need to know. Sometimes, (alright, many, many times!), we try to do everything. If you are a parent, I bet this rings true for you. If there was a reality job description for parenting, I imagine it would read a little something like this:
“WANTED: kind and nurturing adult to raise beautiful, but not always attentive children. Such responsibilities include bathing, feeding, coordinating clothing, protecting, loving, hugging and disciplining. You will be provided with a home that you will also be responsible for maintaining. Be prepared to cut, fertilize and water grass, plant an attractive landscape and shovel snow. You will also need to complete all home repairs and decorate seasonally. Children will need help with homework and chauffeuring. Plan to be in your car often and well-prepared with nutritious snacks, entertainment and referee skills. There will be no monetary salary for your efforts, but we are sure you will manage somehow.”
Are. You. Crazy? No one in their right mind would sign up for this. And yet we do.
Parenting or not, our days can be overwhelming and exhausting. At the end of the day, who can relax? Our minds race with thoughts. We run down our mental to-do list and move whatever didn’t get done over to the next day’s list. Then we plan. We plan menus. We plan outfits. We plan schedules. Whew! We plan everything under the sun. Or should I say, ‘under the Son’? Slow down. Did you know God has everything under control? An old favorite mug of mine said “Good morning, this is God. I will be handling al your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a good day. I love you.” Ahhh…let that soak in.
That’s right. All those things we plan and worry about are all in God’s hands. Let God take care of it. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10) I love this verse. Be still. In other words, chill out. We are not God. We can only manage so much and we should let go of the rest. Our Father can, and will, run the universe without our assistance. Let yourself relax. Allow yourself to let go and let God. Sleep peacefully, knowing that the world is in good care while you snooze and snore. The sun will rise tomorrow just like it is supposed to without your help.
Take refuge in Jesus’ promise: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:2) Take a deep breath. His arms are wide open and waiting for you. Give your stress to Jesus and know that it’s ok.
Giving credit where it is due: Gorgeous art in the photo custom-created by @taylorjacobscc www.taylor-jacobs.com. It hangs in our sunroom, my favorite room in the house.❤️