Life is so much better…with God!
I sat at the round table holding a freshly brewed cup of coffee. It had already been a long day, and it was only 10am. I stared out of the window at the mountains almost wishing my day away.
As I took a sip of coffee, I rolled my head from side to side trying to alleviate a pounding headache. My headache stretched from the back of my neck to my forehead. It wasn’t caused by a bad pillow or awkward sleeping position — it was a stress headache, caused by the anxiety that accompanies hard decisions.
I don’t know why I get stressed out so easily, magnifying my problems until they become so big that they feel physically heavy. But I do. I analyze and analyze and analyze until my decisions seem so daunting that I find myself sitting at a coffee shop nursing a headache with a tasty dose of caffeine.
It’s actually not the caffeine that alleviates my headaches. It’s a brown moleskine journal full of many other headache inducing moments (is it really made out of mole skin?). Whenever I feel the weight of life on my shoulders I have the tendency to write. Sometimes I write journally stuff like Bible verses or quotes from inspiring books. Sometimes I make lists of pros and cons. And sometimes, when life is unbearably difficult, I even write poetry. Okay, it’s never that bad. But I figured that if I made life sound that bad no one would judge me for writing poetry.
However, it’s not the stories of past struggles and decisions that help me deal with the struggle of today — although they are comforting. It’s not the Bible verses or even the poetry. It’s a simple message that I easily forget which lies deeply within each story. A message that is full of hope and never ceases to encourage me or bring me peace. A message that is truly life giving!
I am not alone.
You see problems have this innate lie built into them. They will tell you all day long that YOU have to figure this out. They will say, “YOU are all by yourself on this one, pal! Good luck!” And they will remind you of all the bad things that could happen to you if you make the wrong decisions. But most importantly, problems make you forget one of the most life-giving principles ever bestowed upon mankind. A principle that takes away all of the pressure. A principles that frees us up to take risks and even make the wrong decisions. What is that principle?
“A man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
That is the reminder that I need on days like today. I need to be reminded that I am not alone. I need to look back over my life and see how far God has brought me, and remember that the details are his specialty — not mine. The details are his responsibility — not mine. On days when I find myself sitting at a coffee shop with a stress headache I need to stare out of the window at the mountains and remember:
“I look up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121)
Happy Tuesday everybody!