So, I had a little meeting with myself this afternoon. Kind of like an emergency board meeting when something is bubbling up that needs to be addressed right away by those responsible for overseeing all things before the situation gets out of control and does more damage.
Since I’m CEO and chief overseer of my life, I scheduled the meeting, put myself on the agenda, prepared a snack (strawberry kiwi collagen protein drink), and called the meeting to order.
The agenda item?
Moving out of the swirl and finding fresh strength.
Have you had those days when you feel your heart start to “beat a little busier” than usual? Your mind is swirling with all the things you want to get done – and many of them good, fun things? You can’t stay focused and you just feel “off.”
My little brain was telling me that I was leaning in too close to trying to do too many things at once. On my own. And if I wasn’t doing all the things, I was thinking that I should be doing all the things. On my own. It was hard to let go of the “off” feeling.
I was entering the door marked “I’ve got this; don’t need any help.”
Do you remember the Bible verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength?” Well, sometimes I only remember the first part . . . “I can do all things.” So, I try.
I know myself well enough to see the signs of impending doom if I don’t reset my attitude and my focus right away and invite God into my “feeling off.” Hence, the emergency board meeting with myself. Addressing the agenda topic, I opened my Bible to Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Message) and read these words:
“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, ‘God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me’?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God Lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they walk and don’t lag behind.”
I read the words a second time and adjourned my meeting.
The minutes of my meeting said this:
Stop complaining. Focus on one thing that is important for right now.
And don’t you dare do it without asking God to give you the strength.
Dear friend, if you feel like you’re going in circles and you can’t get of your swirl, stop. Stop whatever you’re doing unless you’re performing surgery on someone. Schedule an emergency board meeting with yourself. Bring your Bible.
Read those words from Isaiah. Or Psalm 23. Or read a verse or chapter that helps you remember this:
God wants to give you whatever strength you need for now. Today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
Don’t let your pride or stubbornness get in the way of experiencing God’s fresh strength.
Call your board meeting to order.
Ask God for the strength you need.
Adjourn the meeting.
Get back to work with renewed strength.