Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Making It Harder Than It Needs To Be

I’m a thinker. Sometimes I think too much. I think all around a situation, a possible outcome, scenarios, what-have-you. Think. Think. Think. I just. Want. To get it. Right.

It can be tiring.

You can just plain over-think things at times. I’m so guilty of that.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planned, thought, research, planned some more – only to have it all be for nought. God often brings His own agenda to us on a platter.  Of course I’m tempted to ask Him, “Why didn’t you just tell me that in the first place?” But I think He could reply with an, “Why didn’t you just trust Me in the first place?”

We often make things harder than they need to be. We stress too much. We plan too much. We over-think, we correct, we align, analyze, structure, and line-up.  It is good to be wise and it is good to make sure what we do in life is in line with God’s Word – but I think we just step ahead of His game too often.

I heard the saying once that said if you’re not sure what direction to go in, or what to do “just start swimming.” I liked it.  It’s not wrong to start swimming in a certain direction. God will stop you if that’s not what He wants for you. And if it is, you’ll often find the current pick up along the way. No need for over-thinking along the way… “Am I swimming in the right direction? Do I have the right speed? The right form? Am I taking enough breaths?” Harder than it needs to be.

Simply trusting is something so basic and simple that it almost eludes me at times. But I desire it so much. I don’t want to learn things the hard way or make things harder than they need to be. 

We say we trust God; but application is often a very different story when we look at our lives.

Today, let’s all just start swimming.  Laugh, love, and talk to God along the way. Seek His face but don’t over-think things.  If God’s in your heart and you have a heart that desires to please Him – there should be no doubt that He’d ever let you go in the wrong direction.

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