Last night I returned from a conference. A women’s conference in Charlotte called She Speaks. It rocked my world and the Lord encouraged me in so many ways. I’m on a mountaintop – pumped about what the next couple years of 818’s future looks like.
My friends and I leave North Carolina and jam to 90’s boy bands the entire drive home, fingers sticky from candy and soft drinks to try and keep us awake. As we approach I-40 West I’m so excited to get home. To sleep and rest in the Lord after all He taught me this weekend.
We pull in a parking lot to part ways and when I put my car in reverse, something didn’t feel right. I jumped out of the driver’s seat and my suspicions were confirmed. I had a flat tire.
Great. It’s my birthday. The Lord just worked mightily in my heart and I made so many friends this weekend. I feel so refreshed. And now I have a flat to deal with tomorrow. On my birthday.
My friend was so sweet to drive me home and I unlock the door to my apartment, carry my bags inside and I realize it’s a little hot in my room – and not the kind of hot when you’ve carried lots of luggage in at once. A full blown, “My AC is broken in TN in the middle of July!” hot!
As I laid in bed last night, I got overwhelmed. And possibly a little selfish. I texted all my friends in the neighborhood to find a ride the next morning to assess the situation. And every possible emotion that was NOT of the Lord came over me. I was angry, irritated and flustered. And I felt the Lord saying, “Rebecca, go read Jesus Calling.” So I did.
In the middle of the night I stumbled to my bathroom and I turned to today’s date and was shaken back to reality.
“Relax and let Me lead you through this day. I have everything under control: MY control. You tend to peer anxiously into the day that is before you, trying to figure out what to do, and when. Meanwhile, the phone or the doorbell rings, and you have to reshuffle your plans. All that planning ties you up in knots and distracts you from Me. Attentiveness to Me is not only for your quiet time, but for all your time. As you look to Me, I show you what to do now and next.” (Jesus Calling)
I suddenly let something SO eternally worthless, like my car, invade what God had accomplished this weekend and I finally said, “Lord, we’ll take care of this tomorrow.”
Have you ever had a day like that?
Satan attempting to use any situation or material possession that is eternally worthless to thwart God’s faithfulness in your life?
I was humbled when I remembered this Scripture.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)
Material matters cannot get in the way of God’s goodness.
And I needed that reminder last night. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on the One who truly only matters and that is Jesus.