Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything seems to be moving at the speed of light yet you feel like you’re not moving? Have you ever noticed how it is that when the most stressful times in your life come, they are surrounded by hard decisions you never asked for but yet seem to have the responsibility to take? Yeah, you know one of those weeks. That was my world this week yet I am so very thankful for the wondrous mercies that God has for us every morning! With TES Coffeehouse deadline to Grand Opening closing in on us fast, I suddenly realized I am also starting school on the 24th of this month.
With a full time ministry and being a full time student, sometimes we take for granted how busy you can get. We must always step back and manage our time well to avoid burnout and stress. I remembered how it was when back in 2007 when I started my grad school years and worked full time and also studied full time. I was thinking on how I have done that for all my college years that I can remember. It seemed that God created me to work under pressure and not crack. However almost twenty years later, I was asking Him in prayer “Lord, what are you thinking? Do I really have to go back to school? How is it you have commissioned me these two things at the same time?” in an anxious tone of course and not in my head but in my heart. Then I remembered the scriptures that says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
He whispered to me softly “Haven’t I taken care of you this whole time you’ve been without work? Have you needed anything? Then more scripture came to mind from Matthew 6:
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Those last two scriptures 33 and 34 where what made me truly repent and be humbled that God would pick me because He trusted me with His work. So this means because He chose me, He is the one to help me. He knows I can do nothing on my own. Does not the Word say He will never leave us or forsake us? Let me clarify something that many ministers have forgotten… He didn’t have to chose us, He didn’t have to save us, yet He did! With all our junk, none of us are perfect yet He knew He could give us our assignment with His purpose on this Earth and trust us to complete it not because we wanted men’s approval or accolades, but because we love and honor Him through our obedience and we press on and complete our assignment without looking back because He loved us FIRST. I felt really small as He corrected me, but I still know He does it because He loves me. The Bible is clear when it says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
God is not man that He should lie, the only one that lies is the evil one, who is the father of lies. So why was I starting to get anxious? Because just as Peter did fine while he was staring at Jesus walking on the water but no sooner he looked down started to sink, I was fine while God was providing all the donations but started tallying up the cost of a business and started to sink. He told me He didn’t ask me to pay for it, only to believe for it. He told me He wanted me to complete my educational journey not for more burden to me but to alleviate others in the end because they saw I made it. It would give them hope that they too could obey God and make it through. He is constantly showing me there are people watching how we react under pressure, under adversity and when we stay at peace, they loose their minds because they cannot comprehend how we do it. But it is simple, we can do nothing of our own, it is only through JesusChrist that we can make all things possible because we believed Him and said “Yes Lord, here am I, send me”
My prayer for you this week is that you open your eyes and give thanks to the Lord for the honor and privilege it is to preach the Gospel of Good News and to have given you an assignment unique to you and your gifting. We must together stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and ask God to give us the ability through His Spirit to complete our tasks; whether it be one or many, that the world may look and see the Glory of the Lord because they knew HE was with us all alone while we walked on the water.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He shine His face upon you and be gracious to you and may He give you His PEACE! Amen