August 7th ~ Jesus Calling
Understanding will never bring you Peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master)…..My Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. ~ 2 Thess 3:16
This is a tough week for Travis and me. Some of it is simply getting the kids ready to head back to school and all the planning, buying, and organizing it takes to get things figured out. This is a week when we are heading in fifteen directions at one time. Brad has two a day football practices, Sidney has volleyball clinic, Trevor has football practice every night, Ryan has therapy, the kids have ortho appts and everything else in between. I think all I did today was drive back and forth from home to various other places carting the kids around before heading to work. And the rest is simply tough situations we are dealing with that I don’t really want to air to the world. I’ve always been very transparent but there are some things that just can’t be shared. We are just struggling with several things but know the God of Peace is here with us the whole way. And I relate so well to the devotional from today because there is one area in particular I have spent way too much time trying to figure out and fix. That’s why I love the picture from above because while I feel like things are completely falling apart right now, I realize they are really probably falling into place even though it doesn’t feel that way. We have been blessed this week having been asked to share a small piece of our testimony and while I don’t ever want my story to be about me, I realize the situations we have been through are causing things to fall into place as God intended, even when all I see is the struggle. Like I keep saying, He’s a good God. But I have to say, sometimes it’s hard to remember he is near just like on a cloudy night when you can’t see the stars but you know they are there as well. Eventually the clear skies return and the brightness of the stars is displayed for all to see. I sure hope the bright stars in my life return soon. I’m tired of the cloudy days.