Sometimes I can be an over-thinker. I dwell on circumstances going on in my life and try to best prepare myself for any possible situation. But spending so much time dwelling on a situation and potential solutions can keep us in a false mentality that we need to have all the answers. That we can control the outcomes. That God doesn’t already have a plan for us.
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat is looking for a prophet who will seek and know the Lord’s counsel about the war he was facing. The prophet told him, “the Lord said to go and you will be victorious!” But I can’t imagine being in his shoes! I can’t imagine the worry King Jehoshaphat was facing in that moment. Being responsible for all those people, not really knowing if he could trust this prophet. But in verse 15, the prophet says, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
That is something I need to be reminded of daily. This battle I’m facing, this stress, these unknowns, God already has them. He is so much bigger than I allow Him to be. He conquered death and rose again, so I think he is more than capable of handling my problems. But when I am so focused on my own problems, I am only looking horizontally. As a good friend reminded me, we need to stop looking horizontally and start looking vertically towards God!
To the right is the most beautiful, top-of-the-line artistic drawing (*ehem*) I
put in my journal the day God laid this all on my heart. All of the things I was worrying about at the time are on either side of the horizontal line. That was a lot of stuff! I was drowning myself in worry because I was putting all of the pressure on myself to have all the answers. To solve all my problems. That’s God’s job! Not mine. All He asks us to do is to look vertically to Him. To spend time getting lost with Him. In His word, in prayer, in quiet time with Him. He constantly reminds me He is good and faithful and caring and He has my best interest in mind. Not what will always make me happy, but what brings me into more intimacy with Him! He knows my heart, my worries, my problems and he keeps pursuing me. Pursuing me and telling me, “Nicole, I’ve got this. Spend time with me, not your worries. Pursue me like I am pursuing you. Stop thinking so much and just let go. Look vertically.”
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