This excerpt from Jesus Calling really spoke to me when I read it while going through my latest set of job interviews…
Follow me one step at a time. That is all I require of you. In fact, that is the only way to move through this space/time world. You see huge mountains looming, & you start wondering how you’re going to scale those heights. Meanwhile, because you’re not looking where you’re going, you stumble on the easy path where I am leading you now. As I help you get back on your feet, you tell Me how worried you are about the cliffs up ahead. But you don’t know what will happen today, much less tomorrow. Our path may take an abrupt turn, leading you away from those mountains. There may be an easier way up the mountains than is visible from this distance. If I do lead you up the cliffs, I will equip you thoroughly for that strenuous climb. I will even give My angels charge over you, to preserve you in all your ways.
Keep your mind on the present journey, enjoying My Presence. Walk by faith, not by sight, trusting Me to open up the way before you.
Psalms 18:29, Psalms 91:11-12, II Corinthians 5:7
Let Me show you My way for you this day. I guide you continually, so you can relax and enjoy My Presence in the present. Living well is both a discipline and an art. Concentrate on staying close to Me, the divine Artist. Discipline your thoughts to trust Me as I work My ways in your life. Pray about everything; then, leave outcomes up to Me. Do not fear My will, for through it I accomplish what is best for you. Take a deep breath and dive into the depths of absolute trust in Me. Underneath are the everlasting arms!
Psalm 5:2-3, Deuteronomy 33:27
One of my incredible friends sent me an excerpt from “Jesus Today,” another book written by Sarah Young. I love what it says about hope and dreams….
Hope for what you do not see, eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Among the five senses , sight is often the one that people value the most. I created the world gloriously beautiful, and I want you to appreciate beauty when you see it. However, even more beneficial than sight is hope, which is itself a kind of vision. It enables you to see- through the eyes of your heart- things that are not yet. The most stunning example of this is the hope of heaven. Your ultimate destiny is to share in My Glory! This is My promise to you, secured through My finished work on the cross and My resurrection.
Practice hoping for things you do not see- both for this life and the next. Ask Me to guide you into hopes and dreams that are in line with My will. Train the eyes of your heart to “see’ these blessings, while praying for My will to be done done fully and only. Discipline yourself to wait eagerly- with your focus on Me and the longed-for outcome. Remain hopeful and expectant as you wait with perseverance.
Romans 8:25 NKJV; John 17:22 NKJV; Hebrews 11:1 AMP
It’s interesting reflecting on my thoughts and feelings lately. I don’t know if it’s returning to work after being gone for several years or what, but lately I’ve second guessed myself a lot more than usual and have over-analyzed encounters with others and spent more time than usual trying to figure out what I’m going to say in certain situations. It all came back to wanting to say the right thing, do the right thing, and overall control not only the outcome but how I’m perceived by others. I wanted to do a good job but I also wanted to be seen as a competent and skilled professional too. God challenged me about this. How much of it was not wanting to trust Him, that whether I got it “right” or not, He could bring good from it. And that He will use me screw-ups and all! He doesn’t want me perfect, He wants me depending on Him. So imagine how I felt reading the following devotional, it spoke right to my current concerns! Not easy words to hear from someone who likes to figure everything out in advance, but definitely what I needed to hear today:
Trust me enough to let things happen without striving to predict or control them. Relax, and refresh yourself yourself in the Light of My everlasting Love. My Love Light never dims, yet you are often unaware of My radiant Presence. When you project yourself into the future, rehearsing what you will do or say, you are seeking to be self-sufficient: to be adequate without My help. This is a subtle sin—so common that it usually slips by unnoticed.
The alternative is to live fully in the present, depending on Me each moment. Rather than fearing your inadequacy, rejoice in My abundant supply. Train your mind to seek My help continually, even when you feel competent to handle something by yourself. Don’t divide your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require My help. Instead, learn to rely on Me in every situation. This discipline will enable you to enjoy life more and to face each day confidently.
Psalm 37:3-6, Philippians 4:19
You will not find My Peace by engging in excessive planning; attempting to control what will happen to you in the future. That is a commonly practice form of unbelief. When your mind spins with multiple plans, Peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp; yet it always eludes you. Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion.
I did not design the human mind to figure out the future. That is beyond your capacity. I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me. Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears. Commit everything into My care. Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace.
I Peter 5:6-7, Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:5
Here’s another Jesus Calling devotional that spoke straight to my heart. I had to learn this truth the hard way when we were going through all of Evan’s medical issues. Researching things online only heightened my anxiety, it did not bring peace….How about you?
Understanding will never bring you Peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing again: searching for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master).
The wisest of all men, Solomon, could never think his way through to Peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings of futility, rather than in fulfillment. Finally, he lost his way and succumbed to the will of his wives by worshiping idols.
My Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 5:1, II Thessalonians 3:16
From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances too seriously. Relax and know that I am God with you. When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening. Stop trying to monitor My responsibilities–things that are beyond your control. Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain.
Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into heavenly places. Your laughter rises to heaven and blends with angelic melodies of praise. Just as parents delight in the laughter of their children, so I delight in hearing My children laugh. I rejoice when you trust Me enough to enjoy your life lightheartedly.
Do not miss the Joy of My Presence by carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Rather, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me. My yoke is comfortable and pleasant; My burden is light and easily borne.
Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 31:25, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 11:28-30