It’s still SO hard to post… And I have 19 days to go. K-Love’s 30 Day Challenge is going great, but I do find myself listening to other radio stations when I’m in my beat up Saturn, because of course, the K-Love station for the Columbia area is one that my car won’t pick up. But on my walks to class, at the gym, doing homework or surfing the web, I’m only listening to Christian music.
Many of you who read my blog are my age, and I think we can all agree that life is absolutely wonderfully disastrous right now. So many highs and so many lows, and we have no idea what it all means. Then somehow in the blink of an eye we’re going to wake up 40 wondering where the time went, and at that time we’re really going to be “adults.”
My personal opinion is that even then, life will continue to be messy. Many of the adults who read my blog can attest to that statement, I’m sure.
So I guess the bottom line is that we’re all unsure, even those of us who have too much pride to admit it. But I’ll let you in on a secret, there’s some serious peace of mind that comes with fully surrendering to the idea that you know nothing and all you can do is take life day by day.
“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail,” says Isaiah 58:11.
I stumbled upon that verse after reading a little bit of the chapter about prayer and fasting in Greater Health God’s Way this morning. I’m actually considering fasting next Monday through Wednesday because I have a few big things to talk to God about, and according to what I’ve read, fasting brings you closer to the Lord. We’ll see about that though… I love food.
Anyways, Isaiah 58 is a chapter in the Bible all about fasting, but I thought a little deeper with verse 11. Life is kind of like a sun-scorched land. We’re all living in this metaphorical desert feeling like we’re deprived of SO many things, but that’s only because we’re too focused on the fact that we’re in a desert. It’s when we look to God and allow Him to guide us that we become well-watered gardens able to share the good news with others and start focusing on a life bigger than the life we’re living now. God can’t wait to bring us home.
K-Love’s daily verse today was John 14:27, which says, “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
The world gives us temporary gifts that we all think we need to be happy, but the one and only gift we need is already ours, we just have to accept it from our gracious God.
So the next time you’re distraught when your life is in shambles, remember that God gives you peace of mind and peace of heart.
It’s going to be okay.