I can’t wait
As I was walking this morning, I thought about an order that I have placed on Amazon.
The item is something I am really looking forward to using, but it’s shipping from China so the expected delivery date is somewhere 6 weeks from now!
I checked my account yesterday to see how far the package had come. Clicking on the tracking number I saw that it has taken only 1 week to get from China to California! I was so excited.
I can’t wait
So, this morning I thought about checking the progress from the port in California because maybe the predicted transit time of 6 weeks had made provision for customs checks too. I began to imagine the disappointment I will feel if it is held up in customs for a few weeks and how frustrating that would be to see that it is so close – but I can’t get it!
I can decide to wait
I decided that I will leave it and only check next week OR be surprised by the package arriving earlier than I thought. Why put myself through all that unnecessary stress of constantly checking, right?
My decision is anxiety or peace
Then I thought of how I think about life. There are so many things I could point to that I’ve been believing God for. So many things I’ve worked very hard to accomplish. So many things that should have happened by now. The disappointment that comes from focusing on and mulling over these things isn’t a great feeling. It just makes me sad and mad and frustrated.
I’m learning to go to God and ask Him why I’m feeling the way I do. Oftentimes the answer is that I only see part of the plan (the part that I’m involved in right now) and He sees the much bigger picture. He promises that His plan for our lives is good. When we focus only on what we can currently see then maybe we need to be reminded that His ways and His thoughts are much higher than ours, and that He sees the BIG picture.
How much better to remember how good God is and that He is ‘on the case’. Being in the place of excited anticipation of His goodness, instead of concentrating on what hasn’t happened yet – a much better frame of mind to be in.
We find the key to this in what Paul says in Philippians 4:6-8
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
It looks like this is something God knew would be a challenge for us and so He put advice where we could find it! (I love how thoughtful He is).
I encourage myself
So, I encourage myself and I encourage you. Let’s talk to God about the things that make us anxious. As we do, thankfulness for Who He is and what He is doing will rise up, and His peace will help to calm our minds and hearts. Then, we’ll be able to think about whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable and whatever is excellent and praiseworthy.
I can wait
It just feels so much better concentrating on Him.
My parcel will arrive when it arrives, and I’m choosing the path of peace instead of anxiety.
I have peace
What will you choose?
Lisa van den Berg hails from South Africa, via the UK, and has dedicated her over two-decade career to helping people achieve success. She has honed her skills in a variety of roles including systems implementation and management, coaching and mentoring, and customer care. She has worked for a wide range of firms from national IT consultancies to local not for profits, and across both business and church sectors.
Lisa is the Director of ‘Heaven in Business Online’ where she spends her time creating and sourcing transformative teaching and case studies on partnering with God at work, for the online Community. Lisa, and her husband Frans, live in Redding, CA