Matthew 6: 34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
I heard one of my spiritual leaders say (about herself), “I am one of the most imbalanced people you will ever meet – we are all imbalanced. But, I have learned to adjust to a rhythm of ups and downs.”
Today, as I think about where I am in my life, I know that I am so there.
It made me curious – how many people are out of sorts because they are trying to find balance? Is planning for the “future” being used as a just cause to worry?
When it comes to anxiety and stress, the pursuit of balance, is just as much a culprit as imbalance. It seems that there is a tendency to mentally abandon your present moment to obsess about future or past moments. We worry about what we did not do yesterday; but, we did not get everything done yesterday because we were worrying about today. Tomorrow, we will worry about what we did not get done today and, tomorrow will become another yesterday over which we obsess. (Just writing this is exhausting.)
This created chaos, will cause us to stop everything to gain balance; however, we will not find balance because the pursuit of balance requires constant mental movement- right? And, mental anguish is undoubtedly imbalance. Does this sound like your life? If so, you need rhythm not balance.
I am in no way advocating that we abandon the age-old practice of setting goals and planning for the future. I am simply suggesting that perhaps, it would be beneficial to understand that today, this moment, this second, is an important part of your overall and it deserves all of you. You should do everything you can to enjoy it, learn in it and take it for what it is. Even if you are in the midst of turmoil – grieve if you need to because grieving is a part of the healing (getting whole) process.
During one of her many inspirational messages Joyce Meyer told a story about how all of her neighbors had thriving gardens. In her own wisdom, she thought it would be a great idea to follow suit by growing tomatoes; needless to say, she was unsuccessful. Her lesson? She learned that “God is not obligated to help you do something that he didn’t tell you to do in the first place.” (her words) Growing tomatoes was not a task that would contribute to the process of following God’s purpose for her life. (but the story of failure made for a really funny talking and teaching point.)
In his perfect wisdom, God will at times show us the mountain top but he does not always show us the valley. I believe…wait…I know that God is setting in place a template for us to follow. We should have a clear goal in mind, a heart’s desire if you will but, we should not try to plan every single detail.
Each day, we should submit ourselves to the unction of the holy spirit. First thing in the morning we should check in and ask for today’s assignments. We should purpose to follow God’s instructions explicitly day by day – doing so, will guarantee that we are in alignment (agreement) with God’s plan. He is a perfect orchestrator. Taking on tasks that are not assigned to you is a recipe for imbalance. Feeling imbalanced only makes us feel inadequate and then, without fail, we take on more tasks in an effort to gain our balance.
Our traditions are so deeply ingrained that we have painstakingly confused them to be “the way.” Unfortunately, the pursuit of balance is keeping most of us in a state of silent panic and invisible depression. Do not be fooled, people go to school, open businesses, work in ministry and a list of other things and still battle this issue of balance or imbalance. We are so busy trying to look “normal” that we conform to the same chaotic life that everyone else is living.
As much as we try, we can not plan and execute perfectly without God.
“God’s plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day.” Louie Giglio
That in mind, when you wake up in the morning, before your feet hit the floor. Talk to God. Ask him for directions and ask him to command your day. Whatever he tells you to do, do it in excellence. No more, no less. Even if what you are told to do seems like it has nothing to do with your overall goals, dreams, passions or responsibilities, do it!
Above all, understand that God has a plan with you in mind. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)
God will balance the scales of life and set you into your rhythm.
Be well family,