I do it me self!
Those are the words I heard from my sweet three-year-old granddaughter, Paisley. She is all about independence, from putting on clothes, bath time and buckling her own seat belt. In reality I was there to help, still in control, at least most of the time.
Watching her struggle to put on a tee shirt, getting it all twisted up was precious. Finally becoming frustrated, with big, tearful eyes I heard that sweet little voice cry, “Memaw, I need help!”
And over and over during our week of babysitting, quietly the Lord reminded me that I do the same thing. “I do it me self!”
Many times overwhelmed, I continue to push on with my ‘to do list’ worrying, trying to handle tasks that are too big for me, thinking, “I have all this to do and I have to do it myself!”
Preparing the house for company, buying the groceries, cooking and cleaning. “I have to do all of this myself!”
Getting ready to teach a workshop, to speak at a retreat, answering emails. You’ve got it! Do it all myself!
Father, forgive me when I forget who is really in control and sends me help when I call. Just like Paisley, I am mistaken that I don’t need any help. But when push comes to shove, You are there. You’ve always been there waiting to help me.
So I stop for one minute. I take a 60 second vacation and connect with my Father.
The Psalms says “You show me the path for my life, and you surround me with songs of deliverance.”
When I get tangled up with the cares of everyday life, overwhelmed by circumstance, He shows me the way out, the path He has already cleared for me.
And HE sings!
He doesn’t shout at me that I should have known better. He doesn’t say I told you so. He sings.
And as I stop for just 60 seconds, look to Him and listen for His voice, I hear His song: His song of deliverance. His song that releases peace in the middle of my turmoil. His song that says “I’ve got this one!”
I stop, take a deep breath and remember who is really in control. I still have much to do, but somehow the load seems lighter, my mind is not so troubled and my day goes a little easier.
In my heart I feel a strange sensation called ‘Joy’. I find myself smiling. And with the joy comes strength and energy. Rather than a burden, I actually enjoy the shopping, the cleaning. I get new insight as I prepare for the teaching. He really is my help in times of trouble, even in the small tasks of everyday living.
So today, in the middle of your busyness, stop, take a minute, 60 seconds, to breathe.
Breathe deeply, asking for his help and thank him for this one moment in eternity that you have connected with him. Acknowledge his presence and his help.
Thank Him for where you are and what you are doing. Shopping? Thank him for the provision you have so that you can shop. Transporting kids from one place to the next? Thank him you have children and the means to transport them. Cleaning toilets? Take advantage that you are on your knees and pray for some one who needs a little extra boost today.
Take a 60 second vacation. Stop. Breathe. Connect. And give thanks. It will change your day!