Do you ever feel like "Yes the world is spinning, and Yes I know this, but my world is spinning around, forwards, backwards, and upside down!" This is the way mine gets sometimes. Between homeschooling my kids, crafts, group, church, and just daily chores and activities I think OK it needs to slow down just a second. I start to notice so many changes in myself when I give way to these things and loose my focus on God. Once the enemy has us in his web of business we loose that still calmness that God gives us and the next thing I know I'm crying to my husband saying, "I can't get it all done, or how did I get so out of wack?" (poor guy) Cause believe me I can be a nut case A LOT!
So every time I get like this, somehow, someway, God will whisper to me, Hayley, its time to slow down. Step Back just a second. I was so blessed last week with being able to go to Charleston, SC for my 15 year anniversary.
It was such a awesome trip! For the first time in 15 years we were able to go and spend time together, more than 24hrs!! YAY! It was a much needed trip to help me restore myself. It was expensive which I wasn't exactly happy about, but I will never forget it and we made wonderful memories. Sometimes we need time like this to restore, but during the daily walk of life you can't just take off and go to another state.
God wants us to know that we need to come to him for our quiet, rest, and restoration.
Let me tell you about how when you are toned into our Fabulous Lord and how he works things out!
On the way to Charleston it poured down rain! I mean it gushed all the way there...
By the time we got there my husband was exhausted from the drive. We had pulled over at least 3 times because it was coming down so hard we couldn't see to drive. This makes me nervous because 2 things was running through my mind.
1. I don't like it when I can't take the wheel myself and he was driving and I had to trust he was gonna drive the best he could.
2. I haven't made any plans for my kids if something happens to me and him at the same time!! So like where would they go? Who would raise them? AH!!!!!
So instead of being a Co-Captain and driving him crazy, I just opened my bible to Psalm and come across this scripture.
Talking about Good! Our God IS that large, that AWESOME. At the time I didn't know why I was doing this particular one. That's how God does, I will study it, draw it and then sometimes a week to 2 weeks later all that you have fed yourself in God's word comes back!!! This is why it says Put on the Full Armor of God. Fill up your barns with his food so that when the drought comes you have something in your Food Bank!!!
Anyways, back to my scripture, it is from Psalm 56:8-11
Your have kept count of my tossings,
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord whose word I praise,
in God I trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
Isn't this Awesome!!!! I read this and then I do what I always do I google pictures of eyes and tears and then just start sketching to see how it's gonna turn out. Other than the fact that I was uptight and God knew at that moment I needed to have something else on my mind so that I could relax and know he had everything under control.. But then once I got home and the week started back up and things start to get crazy, I realized that its not just for a stressful ride to the coast, its for daily walking.
He knows our tossings, he puts our TEARS in his bottle... Do you hear this???? He knows how many hairs we have, he catches our tears!!!! How can you not love our creator? How can people believe there is no GOD??? He loves us so so much! So back to my 2 things I was worried about.
1. I wanted to take the wheel in the van!
Well God says let me take the wheel its to heavy, and strong and you need to let me drive.
2. I don't know who will take care of (the kids) basically my family?
God says if I can catch your tears in my bottle I think "I've Got This!"
This morning when it occurred to me how Magnificent he is and how he has worked out all these things in my head just since the drive down to S.C. the song came on by Meredith Andrews.
The main part of the song is this.
1. your are Constant
2. you are always Good
3. you are Sovereign
and Not for A Moment did you forsake me!
There really isn't much more to say after that. I urge you, if you are reading this and haven't made a decision to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, please get with someone knowledgeable that can help guide you and make that decision! It's the most important thing you can do in this life. He can give you Restoration that a trip, vacation, money, none of these things can do. He will give you Peace unlike any other.
He will catch all your Tears!