Deadlines and Doors

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Jeremiah 17:8 AMP, For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Luke 12:29-30 GW, “Don’t concern yourself about what you will eat or drink, and quit worrying about these things.  Everyone in the world is concerned about these things, but your Father knows you need them.”

Oh my, I sure needed to read these verses this morning. Deadlines have a way of pressing in on every side of us until we feel the life squeeze out of us. Three weeks isn’t nearly enough time to pack up the rest of the house, find a place to live and move, all while working full time. If I were only a tree, planted by the water, roots drinking deeply, no fear, always bearing fruit. Wait, there is a place like that, where each of us can go and draw from everyday; in the presence of our Father. It’s a time where deep settled peace, washes over us continually, until all the insanity and turmoil is completely gone. Oh how I love that place.

“Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above. Sweep over my spirit forever I pray, in fathomless billows of love.” I can hear my mom singing this old hymn as she lifted her head toward God in remembrance of His ability to keep that which she had committed to Him. What a sweet example she’s always been, speaking of God’s promises in answer to our questions, “What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?” Mom always seemed to have the answers but her answer was HIS answer. She taught us to look to God’s Word for everything we needed. Jesus IS the answer, always.

Father, you are indeed the answer for every question. The solutions to every problem, and you have the key to every locked door. What doors you open, no man can close and what door you close, it doesn’t matter how much we pound on it, it won’t open. Help me to walk away from situations I can’t control and that frustrate the stew out of me. You already know the plans you have for me and you lead and guide me each step of the way. My heart trusts in you! I will not lean to my own understanding but in all my ways, I will acknowledge you as Provider, Healer, Deliverer, Strong Tower, Faithful Father, King of kings and Lord of lords. There has never been a problem you couldn’t solve nor a mountain you could not move. I give you glory, honor and praise because it’s in Your Name and for Your glory that I live and breathe. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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