Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he’ll give you the desires of your heart.” A little over a month ago, I was visiting a friends apartment. We were out by the pool barbecuing and enjoying conversation and sun. It was a beautiful, 80 degree October day here in Houston. While we were conversing, I noticed a group of small kids – they were brothers and sisters, maybe cousins – playing in the pool. From what I gathered, they shouldn’t have been using the pool; either because they weren’t residents of the complex, or maybe someone had forbade them from using it. However, that didn’t stop them. They were “savages” as one of the little boys put it.
My interest in the children became more prevalent than my interest in the conversation I was having at the time. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but the behaviors of the children reminded me of something I’d placed in the back of my mind for some time. These children, as wild and obnoxious as they were, were carefree and as easy-going as they come. I watched them, one by one, flip into the pool over and over again. They were happy. They were genuinely enjoying one another with thinking about anything else going on in the world. Shameless. Blameless. Yet, loving and vibrant.
In the midst of a very strenuous political cycle and so many other things going on in the world at that time, they seemed completely unbothered by it. They were living in the moment. In their world, all was well. So, I got to thinking… Doesn’t God want us all to have that childlike faith as those kids at the pool? Doesn’t He want us all to enjoy life without worrying about all the negative happenings in the world? Simply put, yes. As a believer, we know that God’s word says all things are working together for our good, that the lasts shall be first, that we are above; not beneath, that we are the head and not the tail, that He will always cause us to triumph, that He will make a footstool out of our enemies.
It was a wake up call for me. I tend to be hard on myself because I want to be great. I push myself to extremes because of what I’m afraid will happen if I don’t. Through it all, I felt God saying, “I’ve got you in My hands. I promised you that I would take care of you.”
What I’ve learned is that I’ve waisted a lot of time trying to do God’s job for Him. I’ve worried myself to death trying to make sure my future is secure; my business, my career, my influence. However, in that moment, I heard Him reminding me to relinquish control over to Him; to trust Him. If I am trying to do His job, that means I don’t trust Him enough to do it. It’s funny how God can use the simplest of things to correct us.
That day, again, I had to apologize to Him. I had to surrender it all. If we go through life worrying about our future, then we’re missing out on the present. Yes, we have to work hard for what we want, but with that, we must realize that God will get us to where we need to be. We must delight ourselves in Him. All else will fall into place.
So this is to encourage you all as I encourage myself. STOP WORRYING about your problems. Focus on God and He’ll make sure you get to where He wants you to be. He make sure all of your dreams and desires come to past. You’ll live a more fulfilled, more abundant, and more peaceful life that way.