Turning Off the Noise

My mind is often on constant overload — mentally creating increasingly elaborate to-do lists, worrying about various situations (most of which are completely out of my control), formulating ‘what-if’ scenarios, contemplating a ‘plan B’ while desperately hoping it’s not necessary, comparing myself (and my family) with others, wondering if I’ve chosen the correct life path, reflecting on why some opportunities have slipped through my fingers, always preparing myself for another disappointment, constantly questioning why I’ve had to endure certain situations, etc., etc., etc. This noise clogging my mind is at times quite deafening & very distracting; it robs my mind of the peace God desires for me.

This week has been a particularly ‘LOUD’ week in my mind, resulting in illogical anxiety. Yesterday, I woke up hoping & whispering a prayer that my mind would be quieted & my soul soothed because I needed a little peace from the mental chaos. After making the bed & going through my typical first-thing-in-the-morning routine, I grabbed my Bible & devotional book, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young, & headed to the porch swing (with my furbaby, Charlie) for my morning devotions & prayer time. Once again I whispered a prayer for calmness & peace to replace the clamor & chaos that had set up residence in my mind.

I opened Jesus Calling to the August 12th entry, & was greeted with these words:

“Come to Me when you are weak and weary. Rest snugly in My everlasting arms. I do not despise your weakness, My child. Actually, it draws Me closer to you because weakness stirs up My compassion–My yearning to help. Accept yourself in your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been.

Do not compare yourself with others who seem to skip along their life-paths with ease. Their journeys have been different from yours, and I have gifted them with abundant energy. I have gifted you with fragility, providing opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence. Accept this gift as a sacred treasure; delicate yet glowing with brilliant Light. Rather than struggling to disguise or deny your weakness, allow Me to bless you richly through it.”

“A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice…” ~Isaiah 42:3

“‘Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,’
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” ~Isaiah 54:10

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” ~Romans 8:26

The passages from scripture & Jesus Calling immediately began quieting the craziness. I sat amazed by the words I was reading; those were the very words I needed yearned for at that very moment. I could not believe the timeliness of those passages. However, almost at that same moment of amazement, I was overcome by the silliness of my amazement. Why was I so surprised and amazed when I had prayed twice that morning, asking for peace and calmness to overcome my mind??? I asked God to quiet the noise & fill me with His peace–should I not expect Him to do those things??? I should expect Him to move, always! He is faithful, always!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” ~Matthew 7:7

We need to curl up in His lap & allow His peace to wash over us, quieting the noise & calming our fears; allowing us to live the good life He intends for us. I write this as a reminder to myself; a reminder to be receptive to His Voice, to listen when He speaks, to allow Him to move in my life & to not be surprised when it happens.

If you’re interested in Jesus Calling, click HERE.

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