(View from my place)
(Another view from my place)
Take a few steps out by the road though and the peace turns to turmoil. Cars spinning, people frustrated, quickly a completely different scene.
It's kind of like life. God gives us moments of rest to enjoy the peace and beauty of what He is doing. The purity of His peace and love. The purity of His comfort. As we venture out in our world, there is an automatic battle. Our tires are spinning, we are having a tough time climbing a hill, or we slide out of control causing us fear and panic. It's a war out there! So how do we put the peace of God into the roads we have to travel that have discord, fear, panic, uphill challenges and discomfort everywhere around us?
Refocus. I don't know about you, but for me sometimes it's hard for me to believe, but God is in control. Oh Lord, help me in my unbelief! Help me give you the steering wheel and let go of control when I am sliding. Lord, help me to rely on you getting me up the hills of challenges and frustration. What can I do to position myself into letting Him have control? I recently found this.....
LETTING GO TAKES LOVE
To let go does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can't do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off,
it's the realization I can't control another.
To let go is not to enable,
but allow learning from natural consequences.
"To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands....To let go is not to try to change or blame another,it's to make the most of myself....To let go is not to care for, but to care about.... To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive. To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their destinies.... To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it. To let go is to fear less and love more"~V. Ophelia Rigault
So as I move into the New Year, I choose to fear less and love more....to know that God is in control and that He has a good plan. That my role is to simply adore Him and give Him control... I cannot live in fear. This is not only God honoring, but it is a process of self-care and loving myself as He intended.
I leave you with this picture of my precious little friend Preston. I marvel at his childlike faith and simple trust that his parents and family have the best for him. I marvel that he sees himself as a warrior too! Somehow, he can marry the peace that his family provides, (mirroring a God-likeness) with the warrior that God created in him. God created that warrior in all of us. Only in his peace can we effectively do battle and stand strong and be in compliance with the Lord being in control, whether its watching by the sidelines in peace or involving ourselves in a battle.
Peace be to you as you let God have the steering wheel of your life and directs your steps!