This is a note I wrote back in October to prepare women’s hearts for our Recreate women’s conference at Church of the Highlands. I wanted to share this with you as well, and I hope you enjoy!
It truly is a blessing to share with all of you. This morning I woke up and my mind immediately started racing about what to write about. A thousand of ideas and verses popped into my head, and I was overwhelmed by all the responsibilities we hold and all the emotions we face as women. Clearly, I could tell that I would be incapable of picking one topic, so I asked God what He desired for you to hear. On the drive home from work, “God I look to You” by Bethel came on and I immediately knew what we all desperately needed to hear.
“God I look to You. I won’t be overwhelmed. Give me vision to see things like You do.
God I look to You. You’re where my help comes from. Give me wisdom, You know just what to do.”
– God I Look to You, Bethel
How many of us feel overwhelmed each week? That there’s never enough time in the day to buy groceries, pack the kids’ lunch, feed our husband breakfast, and still manage to get to work without looking like a hot mess? Just this morning, I realized that in the craziness of trying to cram in a workout and grocery shop, I forgot that I had started a load of laundry last night. In the midst of balancing life’s demands, we lose sight of our original goal, which for me was finishing a load of laundry. Needless to say, I’m re-washing the darks so they don’t smell like mildew…
Just because something distracts us from our vision, does not mean we cannot fulfill God’s will. Rather than focusing on our “failures” or on the things that overwhelm us, God desires for us to look at Him. When we lose sight of God’s vision for our lives, we forget the “why” behind what we do. We don’t buy groceries just so we can eat; we buy groceries so our family will grow together. We don’t clean our house so we can have people over; we prepare our homes so others feel welcome and feel comfortable to receive God’s truth and love. When we forget these things, life becomes a mundane, weekly schedule and it’s exhausting. We lose the whole meaning of life.
Where there is no vision, the people perish… – Proverbs 29:18b
God desires for us to rise above our circumstances and pursue something greater than ourselves. Just ask Peter. In Matthew 14, Jesus called out to Peter and asked him to walk on water with him. Once Peter began focusing on the waves and the wind, fear took over and Peter began to sink. Jesus “immediately reached out his hand and caught Peter. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). While I’m sure this made Peter feel that his faith was insufficient, look at what happens as a result of Peter pursuing what God called him to:
“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped [Jesus], saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.'” – Matthew 14:32-33
When we are tempted to look at ourselves and our schedules, only to be exhausted and feel short of his grace, remember that God has placed you on this earth with a purpose. He has given you a unique vision and the supernatural ability to fulfill that purpose. Keep your eyes on him. Refuse to be overwhelmed by your problems, but instead choose to be overwhelmed by His strength.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. – Isaiah 40:29