Oh, how the mind can wander…
Have you ever gotten a message that is not very detailed or the way you interpreted it almost instantly has your mind start to wander, trying to analyze? What is this about? What did I do? What do they mean by that? What should I say? How should it be said? How will/should I respond? Emotions arise. The more you dwell on the matter, it can make one feel like they are being sent to a principal’s office. Anxiety rises.
I have experienced a few of these situations over the years and I am one that does not like confrontation. Knowing I have not handled some confrontation all that well, I am learning to dig deeper into prayer; asking God to help me, hold my thoughts captive, seek truth, set a guard over my mouth and keep watch to the doors to my lips. Helping me to think upon things that are true, noble, right, just, admirable, and praiseworthy. But the thoughts still seem to linger, sometimes leaving me to feel consumed by them.
I visited with my husband about a concern I had and he spoke great words of wisdom, “Honey, the situation is probably not what you think it is about.” (Which has almost always been the case.) In one situation, right before I was about to find out the fine details, I prayed a simple prayer. Lord, give me a teachable heart, let there be unity, and be in the mist of the conversation, to you be the glory. (And a few other words.)
As I finally heard the words and the heart behind the situation, my heart ached for two reasons: 1. The actual situation and 2. Realizing I was so focused on selfishness again. God’s Word once again has been brought to my remembrance.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on YOUR own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
See, I was leaning on my own understanding of the situation, jumping to conclusions. God says we don’t have to fight the battle alone, take up our position, and stand firm. Be still and know he is God.
Let’s start your new year out with making the decision ahead of time to not overthink and dwell on the unknown.
Is there situation in your life that you have been dwelling your thoughts on too long, trying to analyze the outcome? Are you one that tries to plan out every word to say?
Find comfort in knowing God’s Words says to: be still, acknowledge God, and he will direct our path. (P.S. He knows the outcome before it even happens so why fret?)