Fasting from Striving

I am a solution seeker. When Scott and I are facing struggles/ questions/ leaps of faith, my mind immediately starts to whirl with the possibilities and within a very short amount of time I can have a list of possible solutions that range from easy and rational to wild heart attack territory.

Seeking solutions is good and bad. It’s based in hope and in fear. It’s a way of ruling the world around me and a way of abandoning myself to the possibilities outside my control.

There are times when I need to allow my mind to delve into the imaginative ways that God could choose to open doors for us. I need to look beyond the resources that we have and the talents that we can offer to the realms of my dreams that could become possible when God chooses to infuse His strength into our weakness.

Most of the time, however, these ramblings of my imagination are an escape from true faith. I claim trust and patience when really my heart and mind are in hyperactive mode, creating possible solutions for my Creator to choose from and implement.

See, God. See how great my faith is. I believe you can do any of these things. Which one is the yes?

God sees all. Even beyond my many and varied solutions.

Today, my mind is desperate for solutions and I’m feeling anxious as I glance at the calendar. But God is who He says He is. And I am loved and cherished by Him. So I am intentionally stopping the whirring of my brain and my imagination. I am refusing to chase rabbit trails of what if and am determined instead to be still. Mind and body. Be still.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

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About Sarah

I love being wife to my sweetie, mama and teacher to my three wonderful children, and friend to people near and far. I love to express myself through words. I blog to connect with others and so that someday, hopefully, my kiddos will understand who their mama was...way back when.
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One Response to Fasting from Striving

  1. Dad & Mom says:

    Amen!

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