I had one of those nights last night where I wake up around 2am and don’t go back to sleep for 3 or more hours. Normally, I spend this time talking to God, Spirit to spirit so as not to wake my husband, although, sometimes I end up laughing about something the Lord and I are sharing. We made some plans together for an event I’m planning. He gave me some cool ideas on things that are kind of over my head, like centerpieces, lol and then the conversation shifted to mind renewal and mindsets.
He reminded me of my mentioning a plan to someone recently, and immediately the person interjected with an idea of something negative happening that would ruin the whole thing, lol. Now, I remember, just before our first trip to Africa for a wedding, either me or my husband, I don’t recall which, mentioned it to someone and instead of them saying something like, “Wow!! You’re going to Zimbabwe for a wedding? What a wonderful experience!” the person said, “Are you sure you want to go to Africa? What if they start the slave trade back up and you get captured?” The person went on to say what type of jobs my husband and I would get based on our complexions and all. They had all the horrid details worked out.
A person who is dear to me is having a very serious procedure done which could very well be life threatening. Someone we know in common, who is a believer, mentioned how worried they are over the whole thing and that they have been pretty much expecting the worse in the situation. Now, I’m not at all saying I have never done this before, I’d be lying if I did, but I just see things in such a different light these days that it is astonishing.
As believers, we know we are to put our faith and trust in God. We are to be anxious over nothing. We know that worry is sin, and more. Why is it though, that we find it so difficult to really trust God and give our burdens over to Him completely? Why do so many of us jump to negative conclusions and make up negative scenarios for our future or that of others when we really don’t want that for ourselves or others?
I remember the last straw for me. It wasn’t a big deal situation. I was simply going to have my car inspected in DC, and as I sat in my car, lined up, inching forward when appropriate, I started to get this horrible idea that my car would not pass inspection. I had it all worked out, I’d fail inspection, have to do some repair that I had no money to pay for, it would be awful, I’d not be able to drive anymore because my car was faulty, etc. You know what though? There was absolutely nothing wrong or faulty with my car. There was no logical reason that I would not pass inspection, and, of course, I passed, but before my turn came, I got angry and forced myself to snap out of what I called, “Stupid mode”.
Even after that, there were definitely times where I still automatically allowed the enemy to have me thinking negatively, but over time, it became less and less. Now, I more easily pick up on it when I or others do it and it has become more foreign to me and I thank God for that.
Before my 3rd and closest sibling passed on my birthday almost 2 years ago, something dawned on me as I prayed with our other sister. The enemy was attacking our family in so many ways during that time. I remember suddenly, my sister and I laughed as we prayed because it dawned on us that our sister, a very strong believer, was being “threatened” with an eternity in Heaven. Now, before I go on, I must say that this particular sister was both of our closest sister. Her going to Heaven at 40 years old, was no cakewalk for us. It still isn’t, especially after our brother went the year before at 38 and our oldest sister went several years earlier at an even younger age. Here’s the thing that dawned on us though, either way, our sister was good. She’d either be healed here on Earth and have an amazing testimony to share personally, helping others and all, or, she’d go home and be with our Heavenly Father forever. She’d go and wait for us and pray for us and root for us as we remain here. There was no losing for her. The enemy was truly threatening her with eternity with the Lord. Stupid. Philippians 1:21 says, For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain. We believers win, regardless. Living, we get to impact the world for God’s Kingdom and glory, to die is the best because we are eternally, physically reunited with our Heavenly Father and so many loved ones. There is no loss! The time spent here is so short, so minuscule when considering eternity, a fart in the wind as I always say, lol.
So here’s my position when trials come, “Praise God!! I can’t wait to see how He works this out for the good of all!” He always does. So many things that at the time, felt like the end, just wasn’t. God always came through in bigger ways than I ever expected. His track record is proven and sure- the only sure thing in my life in fact! I can trust Him with abandon and praise Him even when things are looking funky or shady.
My loved one who is having the procedure is in God’s capable hands. Instead of moping and expecting the worst, I’m spending my time and energy just worshiping God for all that He is doing. When bad thoughts come, I take the opportunity to prophesy the opposite.
When I learned that my husband didn’t get the position he went for which would have provided a major pay increase, smiles turned into excited giggles because I know my Abba, He is up to something!! I can’t wait to see what He does with and for us!! The job is not our source and praise God for that!! So, if you don’t already do this, start to ask the Lord to help you renew your mind and change old mindsets of negative thinking. It will change your life!