"Peace, I feel like the Lord would have me tell you, Peace."
Those words came to me from a beautiful woman of God today. Words that I need to hear and put into practice.
She also said, "Don't let the little stuff bother you."
And of course, my husband, who knows me all too well, said, "Receive that, Woman!" (his wonderful term of endearment :D)
He knows that I struggle most with the small stuff. The big things don't affect me like the small things.
If it is too huge for me, then I usually leave it to the Lord, since I can't handle it anyway.
But the little things, the "small stuff" affects me like nothing else.
Maybe because I can take care of the small things..... or at least I think I can.
I let it get to the very core of my being and drive me nutty. I want and need to be free from the stress that I place on myself.
So, my Father, used one of His willing vessels to remind me to be at 'peace' in Him. He wants me to let Him handle those things, no matter how small they might be.
He knows that I can handle the small things, but He wants to take care of me completely. He wants my complete trust. Not just for the big things, but in ALL things.
That means even more of me needs to be surrendered to Him.
Less of me, more of Him!
It is like the Word of God tells us in Mark 10:14-15:
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Truly I tell you,
anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child
will never enter it.”
How many times do our children ask us for help with things that we think they should be able to do themselves? Sometimes it is not so much about them needing help as it is about them wanting to know that we are still there to take care of them.
Our Father wants to take care of us and leave not just the big things, but the small ones also, in His most capable hands.
This in no way gives us the right to be lazy and sit on our backsides and do nothing.
It simply means walking in obedience to what He is calling us to do and leaving everything, I mean, everything else to Him.
He says in Matthew 11:30:
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
But we often don't feel like that.
Maybe the reason is because we haven't totally given Him the reins, and we are still trying to carry around things that need to be completely under His control.
Wow! I am so stepping on my toes right now. I am the world's worst at giving something to God and snatching it right back at the first possible sign of stress.
Can I possibly take everything, from the big things, to the small things and give them all to Him?
Only as I walk in His obedience, in the power of His Holy Spirit, on a day-to-day basis slowly releasing my need to control things.
His hands are completely capable of holding all of me and my 'stuff' as I rest in His Peace!!