This morning while out running, I found myself wondering if my husband had taken the baby out her bed or let her work through her discomfort of falling asleep. Mid thought the Lord spoke to me: worrying about what you cannot control or even change at the moment is distracting you from your goal. You keep slowing down and giving in delaying your progress because your mind is occupied. Stay focused on the task at hand. Do the rest later: at its appointed time. Amen.
Sorry to say, this is the story of my life. When I’m here I’m thinking about what needs to be done there. Working out a schedule of what, when, and how everything else needs to be done. My focus is much like the overfill in my car….scattered. I literally think myself tired. I’m so busy thinking about the next move, in the middle of what I’m doing, that when I get to a place of rest I’m exhausted. There’s a saying we’ve all heard….there’s a time and place for everything. And I really believe that’s true. Thinking about what was going on at home as I ran took me away from focusing on my breathing. It took me away from focusing on my form. It took me away from focusing on my stride and my goal at that moment. Wondering about what was happening at home when I wasn’t there was pointless and literally got me nowhere in regards to those thoughts. It only got me off track and behind on the task at hand.
We may want to dismiss these thoughts as minimal, with thoughts like its only exercise or you’re not an Olympic runner what does it matter. Well the mind is tricky like that. It’s not just when the mind is idle that it worries or wanders. The mind can be busy and occupied and still meander; leaving to other important tasks idle and undone. It takes away from the enjoyment and productivity of the task at hand.
The bible instructs us not to worry about what we shall eat or for anything of tomorrow for that matter, for the Lord knows everything that we need. If he knows all my needs, wouldn’t it be safe to say he knows the needs of my husband and daughter as well. Do I trust Him to work all things out for our good?
As wives we want our homes to run smoothly; however, it’s difficult for the home to run smooth if we need our hand in every decision and every situation. It’ll be pretty difficult for things to run smooth if we are ran down with exhaustion. There’s no need to demand a need for rest if when we are away we focus on what’s going on at home rather than rest and relaxation.
When we fail to trust our husband to fulfill his role as husband and father, we are really failing to trust God who holds everything in His hands. Our actions are saying, Lord you are not capable of making sure the home runs smoothly when I am away. They are giving the impression that we are in fact the ones that are in control of our own lives and the lives of our family. When we put trust into action in our home, we send the idea that God is in control and we begin to leave room for our family members to grow in all the areas we pray for them in. Step out on faith today by entrusting your life and family with Him.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
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