How often do we find our schedules, future plans, decisions, and worries spinning through our minds? Don’t these thoughts seem to rotate on a twenty-four hour cycle, to the point where we are so dizzy and tired that we just hope to topple over in the right direction?
Since I was a teenager, I have worried and stressed about situations and conversations that never came to fruition. Honestly (and I hope I am not alone in this), I have created dramatic theatrical productions in my brain, starring myself, where I put that antagonist in his/her place with my quick sarcastic wit and an epic final line. And while my imaginary argumentative techniques have matured over the years, the fictional frenzy this “spinning” has caused me has never, in the end, produced peace.
I recently finished a six-week Bible study and have learned one profound lesson that I feel compelled to share. When we spin, God is waiting for us to stop. He can’t help us while we’re in constant motion. We can’t hear Him in the midst of the whirring white noise that constantly surrounds us. So stop, meditate, and listen. (I’m sorry, I had to).
Try considering two questions when you find yourself in a spinning state, and listen for God’s voice.
- Am I relying on my own understanding, my own ambitions, and my own expectations of how something should be? Try releasing these strongholds, and ask God to take over.
- Have I been ignoring a common theme that seems to keep following me? Perhaps this coincidence is actually God, handing you the answer that you so desperately seek.
I know that I need gentle reminders to stay focused on God, and to patiently await His voice. Hopefully, these guiding questions will help you to let go of your spinning thoughts, and to experience His peace and favor.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21
~Think on These Things~