On a Mission
I went to five… yes… 5 stores looking for one item. Two Target stores, 2 different CVS locations, and a Meijer, and nobody had it. I got tired of looking and became upset because these stores were supposed to have what I needed, at least one of them.
I was about to give up when I had two thoughts: 1. Uuhhh… I need this item. And 2. Check Amazon! Sure enough, Amazon had what I was looking for and it took a lot less energy to just order it than to drive around checking another store.
With the click of a couple of buttons, I had what I needed, and it would arrive in just a couple days. Simple enough, right? I mean, I saved gas by not driving around to more stores. I also saved myself some time and extended frustration as well.
Okay. No, I am not telling you to go on an Amazon shopping spree in the name of saving gas and time (although you’ll probably do it anyway). And, this is not a promotion for Amazon… they don’t pay me, I pay them (vicious cycle). What I am saying is that we often miss the simplest route because we are too busy searching out our own way.
What could be simpler than what we’ve thought up? Well, God’s way, of course! The success and fulfillment that we take so much time searching for can often only be found in Him.
Now, I’m not telling you to stop the hustle and quit working toward goals and such… nope. What I am telling you is maybe, just maybe, you’re going about it all wrong.
If you’ve spent endless nights searching for the answer, let me remind you that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Most things that you seek are only found in Him. The process may not be simple, but choosing the source is a no-brainer.
See, I still had to pay for what I ordered, and I have to wait for it to arrive, but it was a painless choice to choose to shop through Amazon.
So, What’s the Play Call?
The process to get your final product won’t always be easy, and that can be frustrating. But, if you just trust God with your order, He will always deliver. Here are a few things to remember as you wait for your “delivery”:
- God can handle it. Just like I chose to trust Amazon with my order, God is waiting for you to trust Him with yours. He is fully capable and trustworthy. “Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?” Acts 7:50 NLT
- There is no request too big or small for God. Nothing that you need or can ask for will ever take Him by surprise. “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:” Jeremiah 32:17
- Just ask. If you’re anything like me, you have had a time or twelve where you decided to try to figure things out because, well, it seemed more practical than asking God for it. Well, I have the verdict: It’s not! Just ask Him. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matthew 7:7
- Believe that God will deliver. Have more faith in God than you have in the FedEx guy. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” James 1:6
Life can get rough and we get tired of looking for relief and we get upset because it doesn’t come from the places we think to look. Even if you don’t start where you should, just when you think to give up, look to Jesus.