If your days are a mess, it’s because your heart is a mess.
We can’t simplify the everyday part of our lives and meet the tangible demands of where to go and what to do until we simplify the eternal part of lives.
Do you imprison yourself, complicate your life with doubts, because you won’t allow yourself to believe and hold the peace of God?
~Karon Phillips Goodman in Another Fine Mess, Lord!
Whoa! Good stuff there. That first sentence really gave me a jolt. The sceond one got me nodding assent. And the third one…well, that one hit hard.
I’m pretty good at “complicating my life with doubts,” I have to admit. Doubts are sort of my specialty. I am a master of the “What If..” scenario. Also at hindsight: “Well, it seemed like the best choice at the time, but maybe something else woud have actually been better…” And even the unbelief kind of doubts: “So God, if this is what you wanted me to do, why in the world is it so hard? Have you deserted me?” I hate making decisions because I am always afraid of making a wrong one. So yeah, I know all about doubts.
But is it really because I’m not allowing myself to believe and hold the peace of God? Well, duh. What is the peace of God all about, anyway? um, yeah, it means trusting in Him completely.
But saying that I don’t have the peace of God sounds so…so unbelieving! And I’m a believer!
As I said, that one hit right between the eyes. And it hurt.
Commit thy ways unto the LORD, trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.
~Psalm 37:something (yes, Caroline, that was from memory )