Daily Word for Sunday, April 26, 2015
While waiting impatiently to pick up my car from being serviced, I read a sign that said, “Life is what happens to you after you have made all your plans.”
I really needed to hear that at that moment because my plans for the day did not include the auto shop’s delay.
After seeing the sign and embracing its truth, I relaxed and allowed life to unfold. I got my vehicle, carried on with my day and was none the worse for it. Life just happened to me and I couldn’t avoid it.
My real struggle that day was not with circumstances in front of me, but with experiences and presuppositions from my past. I realized that to overcome my challenges in the present, I had to resolve negative thinking and feelings I had from the past.
The word ‘overcome’ means to get the better of; to surmount difficulties; to overwhelm; to gain the superiority; to conquer.
Prior to my ‘sign reading’ experience, that definition describes exactly what was happening to me. My circumstances had gotten the better of me. I was surmounted and overwhelmed. My circumstances had the high ground, and I was being conquered.
There was nothing I could do about the present; the situation was beyond my control. What could I do?
- Master my impatience.
- Conquer my fears (imagined and real).
- Refuse to enlarge a simple setback to the point of allowing it to overwhelm me.
- Take back the high ground in my life at that moment.
- Conquer everything in me that demanded a knee-jerk reaction to my situation.
Maybe you are where I was at that auto shop and you need to allow life to happen.
Read 1 John 5:4-5 [For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God] and allow our loving Heavenly Father to enable you to overcome your past so you can overcome in the present.