Do you know those weeks when everything seems to happen at once and you just can’t catch up? As the saying goes: when it rains, it pours. That is the type of week I’ve had… since last week. It’s been raining projects at work, to do’s at home, and commitments at church. It’s pouring, friends…
I had a plan, you know… Then unexpected events fill up the schedule and there goes the plan! As if I ever had control of time or “pop-up circumstances”!
Oh, sometimes I laugh at myself! (Sigh…) It is at those moments I humble myself before God and acknowledge while I can make plans, He is ultimately the One in control. As Proverbs 16:1 says: “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”
Grace for the Frenzied
At times of frenzy, I try to remember to do the best I can and not stress out about what I cannot accomplish that day. Some days I can do this better than others. There are days I do feel overwhelmed… On those days I remember there is grace for me when I’m at the end of my rope. The end of my rope is not the end of hope.
This week I thought of the previous post, about how perseverance links to hope. Scripture encourages us to hold on to hope because in holding on we develop endurance, strengthen our faith, and can see God’s promises come to fruition.
When our plans get altered, it is time to persevere, not give up! Hold on to hope!
In order to keep my sanity and hold on to hope in the midst of the frenzy, I took some practical steps I want to share with you:
Re-evaluate your priorities
Is every item on your agenda a “hard date”? If not, what can be moved around?
Adjust your perspective
What are the impacts of those activities? Is there something you wantto do that is keeping you from doing something that you must do? Are you sacrificing a need for a want?
Adjust your plans
Stay realistic when making adjustments to your plans. Don’t try to do more than what you can realistically do. I also discovered rolling some things over to the next day is not the end of the world. Keep your sanity. Your family needs you in one piece!
Recognize you cannot control everything
There will be times when you will have to re-evaluate and adjust more than once. Life has a lot of variables you cannot control. Do your best and let go of the rest.
The most important part in this process is to seek God’s guidance. Seek to honor His divine order in all you do. Commit your work to Him and He will establish your plans (Proverbs 16:3).
A Refuge from the Rain
More important than the rain is the fact that God is our refuge in the rainy days. We only need to seek Him. Here are some verses I find helpful in remembering to take refuge in God:
- Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- Psalm 91:2 “I will say to the Lord: ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!’ “
- Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
What is your response at times when changes to the schedule “rain”? It is ok to feel overwhelmed, just don’t give in to those feelings and hold on to hope. Re-evaluate, adjust, and recognize you cannot control everything.
Dear Lord, thank you for being our refuge when we feel overwhelmed. Teach us to plan effectively while also knowing we cannot control everything. Help us to seek your divine order in our days and to trust you with the changes we encounter. May we surrender our plans to yours and hold on to the hope you offer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For his glory,