How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. —James 4:14 (NLT)
Life is like a mist. It is here at one moment and then gone the next. But while we are here on earth, we rush and plan and maneuver and control and try to fix everything until life exhausts us. Instead of enjoying the gift of life He has given, we clutter our lives with so many plans that we lose sight of a great truth that has the power to release us from our own expectations. “We can make our plans,” Proverbs states, “but the Lord determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT). This explains our frustration. When we don’t allow Him to be in charge, we go astray. When life doesn’t go as we plan, frustration with all its baggage of envy and selfishness and impatience rules our hearts.
While I walked the dogs early this morning, I thought of all I needed to do within the next few weeks. I needed to do this, and I needed to do that. I needed to make lists. I needed to make progress. I needed. I needed. Frustration quickly grew, and then I heard Him break through the stress of the moment. “I need you,” He whispered. “Don’t you need me? Look up.”
The eastern sky beckoned. Balanced on the edge of the horizon, the sun rose above the flaming clouds to calm my heart and settle my mind. “Allow me,” He whispered. “I will direct your steps.” His peace enveloped me. He was in control. There was nothing I had to fix—nothing I had to do.
Pippin strained on the leash wanting to forge ahead. Lacey lagged behind wanting to smell the grass. And I stood absolutely still. There was only the eastern sky. There was only His heart claiming me and setting me free to bask in His presence.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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