Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. (Ecclesiastes 11:10 ESV)
My chiropractor drives a rather nice sports car. I reckon that I helped fund a good chunk of it.
You see, whenever I allow life to get away on me, when I don’t recognize that I am taking on more than I can bear, my right shoulder begins to rise up. As I sit at my desk at work, drive my car, or even sit and ‘relax’ to ‘unwind’ with a good movie, that shoulder of mine will do what it can to attach itself to my ear. Sometimes it will even sneak up during the night as I sleep.
The next thing I know, I have a horrible headache that can best be described as a migraine. The strangest part is – I don’t feel the pain in my shoulder until someone touches it!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV)
That being said, today as I felt that darn shoulder trying to seize up, I thought about my . . . thoughts.
Because that’s where it always starts, our thoughts drive us. They can drive us to places of peace or they can drive us crazy. On the days that I remember to stop, lay my hands on whatever is causing me grief, and dedicate it to Him, I have victory. However, if I set my hands on the plow and start to push under my own power alone, that’s when I allow stress to overtake me.
Thankfully, I’m learning to lean. I’m learning that it’s not all up to me. That without Him, I can do nothing! You’d think I would have learned this a long time ago. I mean God did create the entire universe, while the biggest thing I ever made was…let’s see… oh yes, that would be a disaster in our basement that took my dear husband months to clean up. (Another story for a different devotion).
And, I am thankful that He is faithful to keep me and my body from becoming all bent up like a pretzel. So much better to invest in prayer and to let go and give things up to the Lord than to help my chiropractor buy that boat he’s had his eyes on . . .
Father, thank You that You long to work with us, empowering us with Your Holy Spirit, allowing us to do things that we never even thought or imagined possible. Help us to recognize that we are foolish to begin anything before dedicating the work to You for Your honor and glory. Forgive us for our shortsighted arrogance of trying to do things alone and in our own way. In Jesus’ name, Amen!