October 31, 2008
October 24, 2008
The average person thinks about 12,000 thoughts per day. There is so much to think about in today’s world. What are we going to eat? What are we going to wear? What are we going to do for the weekend? Then there are more complex things we think on such as relationships, money, and life purpose. Lately, my mind has been bombarded with thoughts about college, relationships, my future, my ministry, purpose and just life in general. The more questions I tried to figure out, the more questions I came up with and the more frustrated I got. We worry ourselves with so many questions sometimes. Yes, it is always good to think about what is your next step, what are some setbacks you made, what relationships and friends that you need to reevaluate. But how much thinking is too much thinking? It is when you are so consumed with your thoughts to the point you cannot function normally. You are not yourself anymore and this is when depression can come in.
I like what Jesus said what man (or woman lol) can add to his/her height just by thinking about it. There are many problems that we concern ourselves with that we don’t necessarily need to. The hymn said “oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear just because we do not carry everything to the God in prayer.” So the answer to our problems comes from the Lord and is the Lord in fact but then another problem arises. In the words of my grandmother: if it ain’t one thing it’s another. So the problem that arises is I talk to the Lord but he does not answer me. I talk to him but he does not seem to hear me. He does not even seem to be there. I don’t feel him. But remember the Bible does not say that we live by our feelings, or emotions but it said the just shall live by faith.
The disciples asked Jesus “carest that not that we perish?” In other words why are you sleeping and it’s about be over for us? There are some times, I’m pretty sure, that others have thought God was sleeping on them. They did not receive the answer from the Lord in the time they needed it. The prophet Elijah on one occasion was looking to hear from the Lord in the wind blowing but didn’t. He then looked to hear the Lord in the earthquake but didn’t. Then He expected to hear the Lord in the fire but he didn’t. It was in that small still voice that he heard the Lord. When all the ruckus had stopped—when his mind was clear, when he wasn’t distracted anymore—he was able to hear the Lord. Many times we can’t hear the Lord because we’re talking too much. Sometimes, we can’t hear the Lord because we’re thinking too much. Sometimes we can’t hear from the Lord because our minds are clouded with too much stuff. The Bible admonishes us to cast all our cares upon him for he cares for us.
May the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heart and MIND….