Do you find yourself trying to figure out the answers to everything, as soon as possible? Who your children’s next teachers will be, which sports teams they will make, if you’ll get that house contract, or whether or not you’ll move?
Are you in an anxious rush to get the answers instead of just being in the moment?
Many times I am. When we do this, we waste those moments because we could be creating memories instead of anxiety. Jesus addressed this very subject in Matthew 6:34 when he said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
On a spiritual level, do we analyze and overanalyze why certain things happen, what God’s hand is in it, and derive theological explanations for every topic? Before living in Guatemala years ago, I did. I searched for the correct explanation for so many areas. My time there allowed me to let go of this control, and grasp the freedom in his unparalleled grace and love. If there is something the Lord wants you to know, He will make it clear to you as you seek Him.
How much time do we devote to uncovering the mysteries when God declared in Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God’s ways and thoughts are beyond our understanding, yet we limit Him by thinking we can know it all.
He simply wants us to be still and know that He is God. Just To Be.
After reading the book, The Will of God as a Way of Life, I was struck with the importance of not trying to attain all the answers, but focusing more on loving the Lord and others. In John 5:39-40, Jesus says, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to ME to have life.” He simply wants us to come to him. We can rest in the ambiguity in other places when we know the greatest answer: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
We can have peace in the unknown, peace in the waiting, peace in uncertainty, by just being.
As we embrace this perspective, our children will learn how to wait with more patience. They’ll be okay with not knowing the answers to every. single. question. They will experience the peace in simply knowing the greatest truth of Jesus.
This way of life is far more enjoyable than spending our time worrying. Mark Twain once said, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Instead of wallowing in uncertainty and worries that probably won’t come to be, let’s enjoy the simple things with our children like blowing bubbles, playing tag, kick ball or hide and seek, and asking Would you Rather questions to promote laughter instead of worry, and to create memories instead of anxiety (visit www.LinseyDriskill.com for 30 Would you Rather questions to ask your kids).
Let’s enjoy the journey, not trying to unravel every single step before it comes to be, but just to let it come, and to take it in. Just to be.