“Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, PRAY. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy. Keep to the script: whatever you learned and received and heard and saw in me—do it—and the God of peace will walk with you.”
Philippians 4:4-9 (VOICE)
Isn’t if funny how much we struggle to be still when everything inside of us is going in a million directions. It makes us flustered, anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed and revved up! But His Word reminds us don’t be anxious about things… instead PRAY! We have to stick to the script—God’s script! God’s Word! God’s plan! God’s ways and His doings. Because every time we try to go left, rest assured He will find some way to make us go RIGHT!
I had left early yesterday to arrive as a guest on the show TBN Salsa that is going across 140 countries! Wow… OK–Be anxious for NOTHING! Try that in the midst of dead stop traffic…red lights all around!!!! I cannot even express to you how much everyone in my car was on overdrive! LOL
I had to get there early!
Obviously I was late –extremely late. So much so that they had to change the order of speakers. I was supposed to go first and be ready to deliver. What circumstances that were set before me. It always seems to happen that in someway or another I end up last. Only God.
So here is the kicker—As we were extremely backed up in this traffic line (had to be there at 6:15 and it was already 6:47) I told my husband –I am going to walk the rest! There is no way we are going to pass thru this and it is less than a mile. He say to me, “fine, go with Sam and I will meet you there.”
I jump out with Sam and I am going full speed ahead in flip flops on the slippery ground because of the constant rain. I am on 44th and I have to get to 15th in the city. By the time I get to 40th my husband calls me and says, “I am already on 39th! Get back in the car, I pulled over and I am waiting for you. This is still moving faster than you it is going to clear up.”
I get back in the car only to hear the Holy Spirit tell me, “You always want to do something else. Always want to move when all you have to do is be still. The first way is the BEST WAY!” You see, it is not that there are no other ways to get there but we have to go with the way that He takes us. That is the way that will always get us there faster and at the pace He called us to go with. Because we get so anxious we want to DO something in the interim. We want to turn around. We want to quit. We want to try another route. We want to do something else. We want to try another this or that based on our schedule of life. We always stay fighting against the strong currents that come our way not realizing that those are the things that teach us HOW to be still. It is IN that midst. It is IN that mess. It is IN that route. It is IN that path. It is IN that waiting where He is working! All the obstacles are the ways that God typically uses to show us the better opportunities.
So no matter what you want to do while you wait, we are just better off getting back in the car and following His lead and His drive. It will get us there safer. It will get us there timely. It will get us there exactly when we need to be there because I was not supposed to go first on God’s agenda. For Him, He continues to show me time and time again that He will always save the best for last.
God did that.
I have to know that I must keep to the script. His script is better than any one that I could ever try to write up for myself. And I am just extremely thankful.
My message to you this morning is JUST WAIT! Hold on. Keep to the script. Keep to HIS timing for your life. The things that God has for you, the promises, and overwhelming victory is just around the bend. You are going to get there too.