“I cry out to the Lord;
I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him
and tell him all my troubles.
When I am overwhelmed,
you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go,
my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
~ Psalm 142:1-5
If you are anything like me you have lists of things in your head, scratched down on papers here and there, on your computer and/or iphone of things you have to do and remember before you leave for the retreat this weekend.
There is all the angst of people in your house being sick that you are pathetically attempting to slather with essential oils in every effort to not expand the kingdom of the flu. There is the laundry that has been piled up from last week, the driving around that needs to be coordinated here and there and not to mention all the quality time you are trying to get in this week, knowing you will be gone for 2 and half days.
In all humility, I’m telling you this as I tell myself… the world will spin just fine without you.
I know, we want to be the best to the people and work we will leave behind in an attempt to go be with God and come home a better version of ourselves. However the truth lies in not US getting better but rather us being with the most perfect God.
As you think towards this weekend, take an honest inventory of the things that fill your “to do” lists, what is taking up your calendar and see what is really burdening you, what is really stressing you out. For me, it’s not the actual things but the underlying things that I have made more important that God.
My people. My kids, my husband, my church.
My desire to put on the best women’s retreat ever (is that more about me than God???)
My need to make everyone else happy at the expense of trusting God who holds all the details.
Today, will you join me in taking some time to go before the Lord in preparation for this weekend? Take direction from the Psalmist and cry out to God, pour your complaints out to Him. Let Him point the way for your overwhelmed soul and see what He says to you in the stillness. Let’s boldly ask Him to show us what we’ve been wanting so much so that He can fill us with Himself and our satisfy our souls!