Sometimes I think we miss what God wants for us because we think we already know. Could this be true for you?
One of the books that I like to read daily is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I’ve mentioned this book before, I know. I’ve heard people say that they think the author takes liberties, assuming to know what God is saying to us. I’m not sure that is what she is doing. If the words are useful and lead me to a more spiritual awareness, and keeps me focused on my Higher Power, then I’m all in.
I am going to share the reading here, putting Sarah’s words in bold font so I can add my comments.
The reading for March 10 said this:
You are mine for all time–and beyond time, into eternity. I could seriously stop right there. As far as I am concerned Sarah Young need not have written another word for today’s reading. That pretty much says it all! In fact, this is my second reading of this particular devotion today and I didn’t quite get that first line like I’m seeing it now.
No power can deny you your inheritance in heaven. I want you to realize how utterly secure you are! Even if you falter as you journey through life, I will never let go of your hand. He will never let go of our hands?!!! That reminds me of Psalm 139. He goes before us AND He follows us. How can you not feel secure in that?
Knowing that your future is absolutely assured can free you to live abundantly today. I have prepared this day for you with the most tender concern and attention to detail. To me, this is giving up the notion that we are in control. I find much peace in knowing I’m not. That alone allows me to rest in these words above.
And the rest of the reading:
Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in a responsive mode: being on the lookout for all that I am doing. This sounds easy, but it requires a deep level of trust, based on the knowledge that My way is perfect.
It is way easier to think “I’ve got this” than it is to trust that a Perfect Being, a Perfect God has our best interests in mind, no matter if the day holds things we would rather not deal with or be confronted with. We have our spiritual rituals, reading the Bible, praying, meditating and whatever else we do to start the day right.
But sometimes it might be better to approach the day as suggested in this reading (with a grateful attitude) and see what transpires.