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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Mid-winter Perspective Shift!
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
(Phil. 4:19, NLT)
While I sigh in consternation at the persistent poor alignment between myself and my son's school, I wouldn't call sorting that out a 'need'. Supermarket this week, and the landlord saying he's selling the house we live in and surprising bills and my mom's loss of medical insurance ... all added to the normal chaos of life on the spectrum road can drive a girl to ... hopefully prayer, though despair beckons. Perhaps it's because it's January, and the holiday euphoria has passed, and there are 20 inches of snow outside competing with my car for space. Everything feels hard and dealing with one thing leaves me feeling like all the energy has been sucked out of me.
That's life from my perspective. Yet, as I help my daughter navigate extremely anxious thoughts, about the things I tell her not to worry about, I remind her, you aren't alone. You have a shepherd. He holds you and walks with you through these things. You can relax and be held. I hear God saying "Hmmmm..." It's so funny when He uses my own words to speak to me!
Panic and despair come from my perspective as source and supply of my own needs. Peace comes from remembering the real story: GOD is my supply. As I remember His infiniteness as my source, I'm challenged to stop it! with micromanaging His work. I have work of my own to do. Growing. Loving. Serving. Giving. Stopping. Allowing. Resting. I'll leave Him to the work of being God and allow myself to be a supply channel to others. Somewhere in there, my needs will be met by His glorious riches. #grateful.
Lord, While things outside can feel very cold, limiting, you show us yourself by keeping birds alive and winter plants alive and animals alive! Your supply is limitless and you have made us to thrive in your care. Please help us to shift our perspective from us being the source and remember that you are the absolute, infinite source of everything. Wrap us in your peace as we Stop. Allow. Rest. Amen.