I am admittedly about ten pounds heavier than when I married my husband. A healthier, happier ten pounds. However, I have held on to the clothes I wore ten pounds ago. How many of us have skinny pants, fat pants, or just in case pants? So, as I was trying to put myself into a pair of my 10 pound lighter pants, I caught myself doing “the dance.” You know the one. Jumping up and down, wiggling this way and that way, striking a pose, lying on your bed dance. When and if we finally make it work, we spend all day uncomfortable. Trying not to eat or drink. We would not want to have to actually use the restroom and perform that dance all over again! You can laugh or smile. We have all been there!
Trying to make ourselves fit into a situation that was obviously not a perfect fit. Yet, we wanted it to be! I am not just talking about clothes now. It could be a relationship, a job, a school choice. That thing that you pursued even after it did not feel right in your gut. You went against your instinct. You chose to ignore that still small voice.
The entire time you were in “it” you experienced struggle. It was not just a dance in the morning but all of the time. You were continually trying to make it fit. That very thing that you wanted so badly, that you were certain would bring you joy ended up being the one thing that did exactly the opposite. It robbed your joy, caused you struggle and pain, and made you uncomfortable. Once you were in “it” you found yourself so entangled you had a hard time getting out or breaking free. Once you get into those pants you also have to find a way out! This normally happens to me when I decide to make my own decisions without consulting God first. I find myself seeking Him to help me sort out the mess that I have made.
How much more peace would we have in life if we consulted God first before we needed him to help us clean up our messes?
An easy way to begin this is to simply begin inviting God to share the day with you when you wake up. Ask him to guide and direct you through the day. We do not have to wait until we are at a crossroads or having a major melt down before we seek him. When we start by trying to relinquish one day at a time to him, we develop a relationship. If we are texting our best friend more than we are talking to God, we might want to re-evaluate. In the same way we nurture our friendships, we need to nurture our relationships with God. After all, if I called my best friend to help with the pants situation, she would laugh, bring her phone and I would be an overnight YouTube sensation.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 (NASB)
Until Next Time,