“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things..” Luke 10:41
How has your week been so far? So, as you are all aware, in my last post, I detailed my struggle with resigning. I would like to state upfront that I have still not resigned. God help me! The struggle is real…..hehehehe
This post is inspired by a message I listened to today by Pastor Godman Akinlabi of the Elevation Church. If you do not have it already, you guys should download the church app and listen to some of the back sermons. I find them to be very enlightening and empowering.
The Bible verse above moved me greatly this morning. It spoke to me, I believe that God specifically sent this Word to me. You see, I love to plan and organise everything. My friends and family call me a worrywart.
Ahead of our planned relocation to Canada in August, God willing, I have researched good neighbourhoods to live in, good schools for 3 year old kids, living costs in Ontario, the cost of child care, and looked into the daycare vs. hiring a nanny debate. I have even started searching for jobs for Mr. O and I in Ontario.
PLANNING WITH GOD – MY JOURNEY
Unlike most people I know, we do not have close friends or family in Canada. Hence, in a lot of ways, I have thought us slightly disadvantaged than others. So, to ease our relocation, I have resorted to doing lots of research. In a prior post, I spoke about letting go, and letting God; about being sure that God was in control and that He would make all things work together for our good. Well, I guess that is more a journey than my current attitude suggests.
Yes, I know all of the above, and I confess them daily. But, I think that in my bid to plan, I start to worry and perhaps, sometimes get ahead of myself. This doesn’t happen always though. Some days, I am at peace, without a single worry, and then other days, I go back to Planning! Planning! Planning!
MARY AND MARTHA
The Bible verse says:
“38 Now as they went on their way, Jesusd entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.e Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
I often behave like Martha in my day-to-day life. However, I now realise that there is then a risk that I will miss opportunities to just walk and fellowship with God and let him work through me. I also risk not enjoying life, and smelling the roses.
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
So this post is a personal note to myself, and perhaps to someone out there like me, or in a similar situation. Planning is good, I do not doubt that. But even in our planning, we must always ask God to order our steps, and to bless the works of our hands. I have learnt that planning without God is essentially planning to fail.
Update: We have been sent our PUM, so we expect to receive our passports back on Monday. Whoop! Whoop! *doing my Hallelujah dance*
Have a restful weekend blog readers!