One thing that I feel has been missed by many in the church today is the flexibility that we should have as followers of Christ. One of the hardest things that we can do is allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives because of our selfish nature in today’s society.
I find it difficult in my own life to allow the fast pace of life to slow down and allow the Lord to work in and through me. Too many times I find myself struggling along, trying to figure how I will fit everything into my schedule, and too many of those times my personal relationship with the Lord will suffer based on my own views of how life should go.
Slowing down is one of the key factors in our Christian walk…we are too often concerned with being in control of every situation, that we many times neglect to allow the Lord to work how He wants in us. We struggle to see the good that can come from a situation because we are wrapped up in fixing it rather than learning from it.
We have to put ourselves into a situation with our hearts rather than our minds. We must bury our hearts in the heart of God to see His full blessings take control in our lives. Selfish nature can keep us from seeing the true work that is taking place, and human nature can keep us from seeing the blessings that are marred by the struggles and pain that we are experiencing.
A great song that has touched many recently is the song “Blessings” by Laura Story. The chorus is likely one of the best views we can take when it comes to allowing God to do His work in our lives. “What if your blessings come through raindrops, what if your healing comes through tears; what if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to prove you’re near? What if the trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?”
What if our healing comes through our tears? What if we can find blessings through the storms and sleepless nights? What if God’s mercies come wrapped up in a bundle with heartache so that we can see His full grace take form in our lives?
Today is the day that you may need to refocus. It may be that today is a day to slow down, let go, and let God. How are you viewing life? How are you handling the situations that cause struggles in life?
I would encourage each of you reading this to take the time today to let God do His work without your interference, because maybe, just maybe the pains we are battling are His way of leading us to the promises in His plan.
I quote a verse from Jeremiah 29 quite a bit, but more often than anything in life, this rings true for situations that can come our way. Verse 11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you, not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.” AMEN!
Let God do His work in you….be flexible and expect the unexpected! Most importantly, trust in the Spirit as your guide! Let life happen, and enjoy the blessings that will come!