I’ve been on this really fun wedding diet the past few months. It’s the one where you constantly make unwise decisions and pick carbs, carbs, and more carbs because they just taste so darn good. Sugar before and after every meal – definitely the way to go.
Kidding (kinda, not really).
But on the real, I think I might have a stress-eating problem. Also a sick-every-month problem. And a tired-all-the-time and not-enough-hours-in-a-day problem. And a too-many-decisions-to-make problem and a most-indecisive-person-in-the-world problem. Oh, and not to forget, the my-life-is-getting-flipped-turned-upside-down-in-eighty-two-days-but-I-still-can’t-wait-to-be-married problem. Life is crazy.
In the midst of all the chaos that makes up our lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that matter. We’re so busy these days – constantly on the go. A lot of us are running on empty and barely keeping our heads above the water. Many of us are tired, worn out, ready for a break. Some of us are being bombarded by the everyday mundanities of life that simply jade our spirits over time. Before we know it, we’re in this strange place, handling life in strange ways, and not quite acting like ourselves.
At least, that’s how I feel sometimes. Sometimes I’m confused by the conversations around me, sometimes I’m in shock of the inclinations of my heart, sometimes I’m not really sure how I got here, to this place void of warmth and familiarity.
And then I realize this cold and unfamiliar place is not where I’m supposed to be. I realize that it’s cold because I’ve walked away from the embrace of my Father, it’s unfamiliar because I’ve allowed the distractions of life to pull my gaze from Him.
Oh, but if only I would keep my eyes on Him. His face is a familiar one, a sweet one to behold. His character never changes. And oh, if only I would remain near to Him, resting in His embrace, my head on His chest, listening to every beat of His heart.
I want to be grounded. I want my feet to be cemented into the foundation that is Christ, my solid rock, so that no wind, no wave, no to-do list of epic proportions could pull me away from His warmth, from His presence, from where I belong in His arms.
We think we have so many problems… and maybe we do. Maybe there really is a lot on our plate. Maybe it’s even more than we can handle. Regardless of all of that, one thing must always remain true for the believer: that we keep our eyes on Him, that we keep our heart in sync with His, that we firmly place our feet in His footprints before us as He leads.
So when it’s crazy, pray. Spend time in His Word. Seek to be near Him. Listen for every beat of His heart. Worship Him throughout the day. Thank Him for His favor and mercy. Praise Him for who He is.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. | Romans 12:2
Renew your mind. Little by little. One step at a time. And be transformed.