God knows I like things in 3s…especially confirmations of His voice. Lately I’ve been asking Him to let me know what I should do about a worrisome situation that’s been heavy on my heart. Today, I saw a Facebook post by “Time Warp Wife” of Miss Clara, the prayer warrior in the film War Room.
“You need to plead with God to do what only He can do, and then you need to get out of the way and let Him do it.”
Then, my friend Audrey posted a meme with these appropriate words:
“Lord, if it’s not Your will let it slip through my grasp and give me the peace not to worry about it.”
That was confirmation #2!
Finally, because God knows I need to either be hit over the head with a board or encounter something three times to know it’s His voice and not my own thoughts, I opened my Bible, hoping I would randomly turn to a page that had a third confirming verse. I turned to the book of Ezra. I don’t remember ever reading Ezra! I scanned the page that included the end of Chapter 4 and most of Chapter 5. It contained letters to kings. Nothing stood out to me until I decided to look where my finger naturally (or perhaps in this case supernaturally) rested on the page. And there it was! The verse I needed to see:
“Now issue an order to these men to stop work, so that this city will not be rebuilt until I so order.” (Ezra 4:21)
Yay! I get it now, God! I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect course of action on the matter weighing me down. I considered leaving the situation alone, but I always try to fix things myself. Some things cannot be fixed by our best efforts. Sometimes, only God can set the wheels into motion.
So, going forward, here is my new action plan:
— I will PRAY and then move out of God’s way
— I will RELEASE worry and not take responsibility for fixing everyone and everything
— I will STOP working on the situation and wait for God to do what He will
We humans forget how small we are and how great God is! Our Father is the powerful almighty One, who knows all things–past, present, and future. He understands the game of life: the players, their strategies, and exactly where the chips will fall. Our mere mortal minds cannot perceive this. We think in the now, plus a few years. He thinks eternally. Knowing that, it’s ridiculous to think we can change things outside our control, or worry about them. However, to Him we can pray. We can pause. We can praise.
Stress and worry are exhausting. Go on vacation from it. Let God refresh you by allowing Him to carry your burdens. And the next time a difficult situation occurs, you can truly say, “What? Me worry? No!”