The other day I was thinking about how easy it is to fall into the trap of self-reliance, basing my thoughts and actions on my experience of the world, and trying to learn how to navigate within it. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was exactly how I’d been living.
Can you see me smacking my palm to my forehead. I know better. I’m being reminded everyday to approach life with God. Yet, as I’m climbing the mountain of information through writers’ workshops and puppy training videos, saying I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. Maybe a journey through some scriptures will help.
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.Proverbs 26:12 (ESV)
No problem there. See, there is hope for me, yet. 🤪
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.Romans 8:5 (ESV)
Okay, this scripture makes a good point. I’m definitely living more toward my fleshy side. So how do I change that? This is where I came up with my title. I need to make a transfer. A transfer of faith. Right now I’m depending on myself to figure everything out. My faith is in myself. But that’s not the best way to handle things. God is way smarter than me. Besides, he really likes when we work together.
So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.2 Corinthians 4:18 (VOICE)
What I see is a million puzzle pieces scattered everywhere. What God sees is how the pieces fit together, which piece goes where, and what it will look like when it’s complete. More than that, even when all the pieces don’t get put together, he is happy to spend the time working on the puzzle together. I am not the puzzle. I am the one working on the puzzle with him. I am more important to him than the puzzle.
So how do I move forward?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEB)
I love that verse! As they say: “Words to live by.”
If life seems overwhelming to you right now, take a break from fussing over the puzzle, grab some refreshments, plop down in a recliner, and spend some time chatting with your Father. The puzzle will be easier once you see he has been with you this whole time, waiting for you to acknowledge him. That’s what I’m going to do. 🥰
Grace & Peace,