Have you had a frantic and chaotic week? Are twists and turns popping up around every corner?
Are tasks seemingly multiplying on your desk every night?
Is your calendar full of appointments and meetings and scheduled activities to the point where any rest or relaxation has been shoved out?
Do you look at the past few days, wondering how you survived and look at the next few days, questioning whether you will continue to survive?
Do you find that you want to sit down and just cry out your stress but you have to much to do to allow yourself that privilege?
I understand, yes I do! I find I am right there myself. There are some events larger than me that have happened recently, that have impacted my life in a way that has tipped by busyness scale in what I think is the wrong direction.
Many of the things that are on my calendar, I have made the choice to say yes to. I am primarily responsible, or you could say – the one to blame for it getting like this. I could have said NO to many things. Sometimes I wonder if I know how to do that.
YES just seems to hop right out of my mouth most of the time. Why is that? I do not know. Perhaps it’s how I’m intrinsically wired. Perhaps I am too much of a people please-er. Maybe I just like to be with people so I say yes so I can spend quality time with them; it doesn’t matter what the activity is if we’re together. Maybe I am trying to avoid other things. Many times I think that it is my responsibility to tend to, if I don’t step up who will?
There are books written on each of these topics. I can state that as a clear fact because I have read multiple on each subject. I’m not joking about that. I fully admit I am a giant geek.
Even though my calendar may seem like a Goliath Giant raging my way with fists raised, my GOD is still exponentially bigger. God is bigger than every yes or no that I say. Now, can I bring havoc to my own life. Of course, I seem to do that daily. But God is even bigger than my mistakes. He is bigger than whether I say yes or no to something. I know this because ironically, there are things on my calendar that I have said no to multiple times and I can not get rid of them.
God also knows more and cares more about the tiny minute details every single thing on that calendar. He does, truly.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)
“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.” Luke 12:6-7 (Message)
I love how that says down to the last detail. I wonder if God included the line about knowing knowing the number of hairs on our head to illustrate the point that He goes beyond anything that we could comprehend doing? I admit fully, I am neurotic when it comes to details. Even in all my neurosis, I have never, ever, ever even attempted to count the hairs upon my head. I may even argue that there is no reason to do it.
Here is says that God knows how many hairs on your head and on my head because of two reasons.
(1) He is God and He is all knowing and all powerful, which means He CAN do it.
(2) He has a purpose and a reason for doing it. He cares about you; He loves you that much.
Now if God will go, to what seems to me the ULTIMATE EXTREME in detail, then I can rest assured that this one little week or month or even year in my calendar is being WELL taken care of my the God who loves me down to the very last hair. This is not just true for me, it is true for you to.
My dearest reader, God is for you. God loves you. God is tending to this moment, this hour, this day because it is important to Him. Even more than this time, YOU are important to Him. So when you feel overwhelmed by your calendar or your to do list, may you feel God’s powerful hand resting one your shoulder and a great sense of peace overwhelming you. Your God is bigger than it all.
When we feel overwhelmed, please just reminded so simply that You Have Us. Remind us that You have our lives, our circumstances, our days, our appointments and our tasks. You are bigger than all of this. May we so peacefully rest in Your love, Your Word and Your ways.
In Jesus treasured name, amen.