Have you ever had one of those “wake-up” calls from God? Things are going along fine (or so I think), and next thing I know, I’ve fallen asleep at the wheel and I am no longer driving God's path but I am out blazing trails of my own. It is a lonely path out there on my own.....and I noticed that I was becoming cranky, irritable and very set in my ways. Little things were driving me crazy and irritating me, and the “little things” were so insignificant that it really made no sense. Enter the “wake-up call.” I really did not have a clue, but I knew something was up. That sent me to my Father to see if He could maybe tell me I was just fine and send me on my way. HA! He had me right where He wanted me; He had my undivided attention.
So, during my devotion time, I talked to Him and He (I thought) said nothing, then one of my devotions kind of piqued my curiosity and I ended up down a rabbit trail that lead me to a verse in Philippians. I looked up, saw a card a friend had given me with Philippians 4:19 on it. It read: “My God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.” That was the verse I had landed on, but I had not seen that version of it. I have no idea which translation or paraphrase it comes from but it sure struck me in a new way. I had not thought of it like that before and I wrote it down and carried it with me so I could mull it over throughout the day. I have known this verse, and even memorized it, but this was different and things began falling in place. God's wonderful, amazing, glorious riches in Christ Jesus are working on my behalf! What a loving God caring and moved by my struggles, it is mind blowing! And I began to realize that I had been “blazing my own trail,” taking my own life into my own hands (never a good sign) and taking over what God never intended me to be in charge of. A great weight rolled off my shoulders as I began to give back to God what was His all along.
The next time I was cut off in traffic and started to fume, I stopped and realized I was in God's hands and I would be alright. When I missed every traffic light and wanted to speed up to compensate for lost time, I stopped and acknowledge that God had my timing in His hands and I could relax, I would arrive at just the right time. When I was disappointed by a friend, I’m in God's hands and He will never disappoint. I could not believe the weight that I lost! God is good, and I am in the best hands ever!
My suggestion to anyone who will listen is to allow God to speak to you, when a scripture kind of catches your eye or piques your curiosity, write it down, carry it with you--it just might be God wanting to get your attention to say something to you. He never runs out of things to say to us if we give Him the opportunity.
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you,” that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”
Philippians 4:19 “My God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.”