God’s Got This

bingby Sandy Kirby Quandt

After the last hurricane hit our area, a widowed friend of mine told the story of how she was struggling to haul tree debris to the curb. She’d been working at clearing her yard all day and was exhausted. She didn’t think she had the strength to drag another limb, yet knew the trash truck was in sight, and it wouldn’t wait.

Across the street her neighbor wrestled trash bags to the curb as her husband bingdrove into their driveway. She told him she still had more trash to get to the curb before the truck arrived.

My friend paused as she told me the story.

“My neighbor’s husband said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve got this.’ At that moment I wanted what she had. Someone to say, ‘Don’t worry. I’ve got this’, then I realized I do. God. He’s got this.”

Our struggle may not be hauling hurricane debris to the curb before the trash truck arrives, but each of us has times when we want someone to come alongside, take the load from our tired and weary hands, and carry it to the curb for us, don’t we?

We get worn out by the everyday circumstances of life and want to rest. We are tired of the struggles that surround us. We are reluctant to read the latest news. Everything seems to be falling apart at our feet.

bingThe Bible tells us God holds every tear we’ve ever cried and records them in his book.

He is in control of all creation. Nothing happens he didn’t plan or permit.

Everything and everyone is under him.

Whether they like to believe it, or not. It’s a fact.

Wow.

Are there times we forget who God truly is?

Do we ever leave him out of our struggles, falsely believing we’re the ones in control and don’t need any help?

Do we forget to turn the controls over to God, he’s the one in charge after all, and refuse to listen when he says, “I’ve got this”?

We don’t have to understand. We just have to obey and let God be God.

He really does have this.

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You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book. Psalm 56:8 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Worn Out

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The last couple weeks have been a little hectic around here.

People were in and out of the house for three days painting and repairing various things. During the repairs, as is often the case, new problems were discovered. One problem was electrical, and thank you, Jesus, was caught and fixed before it started a fire.

After a problem was discovered with our chimney, I promptly made an appointment with the courtesy pixabayonly chimney repair company in town. The earliest they can get here … November 10.

Although there was potential for the discovery of wood damage when the gutters were replaced, praise God, there was nothing wrong.

Once the home repairs wrapped up, I had appointments with three different specialists that required x-rays taken of multiple parts of my body, one procedure, blood work drawn, and referrals to see three additional specialists for various concerns.

My last doctor appointment was last Tuesday, Pilot and I loaded up the RV and headed west on Wednesday for a most excellent time of enjoying God’s creation, and returned home Saturday.

Sunday afternoon we discovered rain pouring in through our fireplace and onto the floor. The chimney problem that was discovered two weeks earlier? There is no cap covering it.

Between doctor appointments Pilot and I attended the Tenth Avenue North, Sidewalk Prophets, Dan Bremnes All the Earth is Holy Ground tour. The venue was small. The crowd even smaller but that didn’t negatively affect the performance.

When Mike Donehey, mega energetic lead singer for Tenth Avenue North, took the stage coutesty binghe made mention of the fact the room wasn’t packed, but said even in our highest highs and lowest lows, God is there.

A low turnout for their concerts was not something that happened often, I’m sure, but they didn’t let it dampen their performance and ministry.

By the end of the concert there was no doubt in my mind Mike, and everyone else, didn’t expend one less ounce of energy than they would have, had the room been packed and overflowing.

So I’m thinking … amid all the things life throws at us whether it’s the good, bad, or ugly, God is still there. Jesus is still there. The Holy Spirit is still there.

God was there when our electrical problem surfaced. He was there as Pilot and I mopped up water, swapped out towels and washed and dried them, emptied pans full of water, and rotated fans to dry up the bricks. He’ll be with me as I go to those three yet-to-be-scheduled appointments I have to make, but don’t want to.

I’m worn. I’m tired. I’m weak.

BUT Jesus isn’t.

courtesy pixabayAnd he tells us to lay our cares on him because he cares for us.

He tells us to come to him all those who are weak and weary.

He’ll give us rest.

He’ll help carry our burden.

He’ll get us through whatever it is we face whether it’s financial concerns, health concerns, relationship concerns, or crumbling chimney concerns with more rain predicted.

He’s got this.

Worn out? Facing one more thing that you don’t want to face? Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Anything you’re facing right now you need to hand over to Jesus?

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Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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