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There’s a lot of talk these days that at the end of next month America is going to go off the end of the fiscal cliff. Yeah? So what. As for me and my household: I’m tired of fearing:
- The beginning of the end
- Calamity and destruction
- Everything is beyond our control
- There is no solution here
- We’re not going to make it
At least that’s how I am feeling about things these days.
The thing is this: What percentage of your life do you think you actually have control? The longer I live, the more I realize the decisions of others greatly affect my own from political to professional to personal. But I am learning the gift of unplugging.
Unplugging doesn’t mean checking out. It means you unplug from the source of stress that frequently drives you.
It’s really a challenge to unplug. It requires some heavy lifting, sometimes more arduous than turning OFF the power to the remote. It takes more strength than to be able to single-handedly not check your email, Facebook status and comments, and news of the world via your smart device every hour.
I’m not advocating an “ignorance is bliss” attitude, but more of an ignorance is blessed attitude. Another words, if you are unable to control much of what is going on around you, then perhaps it’s time to dive into a different pool.
We can’t continue to wade in the waters of a cesspool and expect that we will be able to swim capably, much less see clearly. When we look at our circumstances or even the choices of others that certainly affect us, it’s easier to drown in a pool of pity or the sea of sorrow than it is to look past the horizon of hell that seemingly threatens to consume us.
There’s only way to survive that which you cannot control. You have to release the limitations of your human understanding. You have to embrace the sovereignty of a higher power. You have to trust God.
Simultaneously letting go while hanging on—it’s hard sometimes.
It can be done.
But only if you dive into a different well. Dive into a wellspring of life by trusting God when you don’t have the answers to why and are tired of trying to find them.
We see the experiences of our lives and state of our world and usually look to friends or other people or the knowledge of the various media to explain it to us and make sense of it. Often there is an element of truth to what we learn. But much of it is agenda, even propaganda.
In the end, it feels like we are diving into an empty pool: Unsafe. Fear. Vast emptiness. You’re rapidly about to hit bottom! Knowledge and news can’t answer questions such as:
What is my role, if any, in this?
Before diving off the cliff of sanity, change pools. Dive into a pool of water where your spirit is nourished and your spirit is refreshed. Dive into a pool where trust is your life preserver in a world of tribulation. Dive deep in faith and know that God is good and in control and can give you the necessary healing, wisdom, clarity, or compassion called for any confusion or circumstance you have. Don’t delay. Dive today!
VERSES TO HELP YOU UNPLUG FROM CIRCUMSTANCES AND DIVE A BIT DEEPER INTO FAITH:
I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things He did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in Him. Psalms 40:1-3 (The Living Bible)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 (The Living Bible)
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out. Proverbs 20:5