From Panic to Praise

Have you ever been busy and out of nowhere panic begins to set in? This happened to me a few weeks ago when I was rushing around cleaning the house.

As I was mopping the floors, I noticed baseboards that were dirty, blinds that were so dusty you could write your name on them, and candle wax that was still on the table and floor where it had been spilled the previous week. In anger and quite a bit of panic, I said out loud, “I wished for just one season I could have it all together!” The thought hit me a few moments later that if I had it all together I probably would think that I didn’t need God as much. So instead of fussing, I thanked Him for not allowing me to have it “all together”. Because I honestly don’t know what I would do without Him!

I looked around again and noticed that yes the baseboards were dirty, and yes the wax was still there, and yes the blinds have dust on them but this time I thanked Him. Because instead of exhausting myself with all those things, I had used my time with what mattered the most. Spending time in His presence more, spending time laughing and playing with my grandbabies, and spending quality time doing life with my husband. So I came to the conclusion that those things will get done in time, but today I chose to praise Him instead of panicking over things left undone.

This reminded me of the passage in Luke 10 where Martha was so busy serving and she asked the Lord if he didn’t care that her sister left her to serve alone. But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

There’s nothing more satan enjoys than to make us look at things in our lives out of perspective. If he can do that then we have allowed ourselves to take our eyes off the One that matters the most.
Lord, I thank You for turning my panic into praise! Help us to realize that it’s about spending time in Your presence and letting You teaching us how to prioritize our life. Again, I praise You for opening my eyes to the things that are of more value in this season of my life.

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