It was the first day back to school after Christmas break. The kids were dragging. As I dropped my son off at his school I said, "Elijah, remember that the kingdom of God is in your hands. You have power in your hands."
I know my son, and I could tell that he internalized what I said and was in agreement.
Then, as he got out of the car he said, "Just pray I don't die."
What the heck?! Why is that phrase even a part of his vocabulary.
Now, he was not worried about school shootings. He was simply referring to the drudgery of math class!
"God help me to just make it through this boring class one more time."
Two mindsets were crashing against each other in his head: the possibilities of going on a supernatural adventure and the process of living the everyday mundane.
This battle in the mind happens to us all. The struggle is real. The question is which line of thought are we going to choose to run with?
Many times over the years I have had to remind myself of who I really am in the midst of the mundane.
Running errands is not one of my favorite things to do by far. I much prefer to be at home. I have developed a habit while driving around town of praying and reminding myself that I am not a mere human. Even my presence in a public place, my smile, or a kind word holds power to shift the atmosphere wherever I go.
Here is a song I sometimes listen to in the car as I am headed out: Supernatural by Mark Snider
When we give our lives to Christ and Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us we are not just normal humans anymore. The trick is to get your mind wrapped around that concept. Let's believe and grow in this together!
A few years ago our oldest son started experiencing bouts of extreme dizziness and ringing in his ears along with some hearing loss. After consulting with doctors it was determined that he needed to have an MRI. Basically they needed to check to see if he had a brain tumor. Wow, that was unsettling. It is so hard to go through these kinds of tests when you have to do so much waiting. It's like they say, "This is really serious; go home and wait and wait and wait until we find time to help you out."
I remember ironing clothes and fighting this mental battle at the same time. I had to choose to put the thought of cancer aside and think about other things. It's like I actually imagined in my mind pushing the worrying thoughts over to the side and bringing thoughts of things I could control into the center.
The MRI did come back clear, and he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease. Miraculously his hearing loss has been restored!
Jesus gives us peace as a gift. He also commands us to not let our hearts be troubled. Sometimes not letting your heart be troubled requires you to fight. Peace is not the absence of war.
If you fear, you can't hear. If you allow your heart to be troubled you won't be able to hear the whisper of Holy Spirit as He guides you in your life choices.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.