Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
Well, the scripture above illustrates a very busy day for our Lord. I am sure He had a lot of these kinds of days. The multitudes followed Him. Being busy was not a bad thing for Jesus. He always saw the greater picture, the greater need. But let’s think about our busy-ness. What does it do to our life? Do we see the greater picture?
It seems my life is filled with things to do. It never ceases to amaze me, no matter how hard I try; the “to-do’s” keep piling up. The harder I try the behinder I get. Is this true with your life? I have learned that I need to keep a priority list just to feel I’m making some ground. But I also have learned that a priority list and I taking control will not solve anything. You see, this is one of the areas of my life that I need supernatural and divine help.
There have been times, especially within the last year that my work load has overwhelmed me. Have you ever gotten to the point that you have so much that needs to be done, the thought freezes you and you find yourself standing still? I found myself just staring into space. Is there anyone else out there that has done the same? “Ever notice that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just how busy they are?” (Anonymous)
That’s when we need to call upon God. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15) I’ve called upon God in times of overwhelming work and things to do. I’ve even asked the Lord to rearrange my day-planner, my meeting schedule, my to-do list, so that my work would glorify Him and save me from sickness and being less than He wants me to be. Now, I needed some faith the first time I prayed for God to take over my schedule. I confess, I didn’t believe anything would change. Man had a grip on me and my schedule was full. Oh, Ye of little faith! I should have known. There have been times, right before a scheduled meeting that I wasn’t prepared for because of my workload that I would get a call that the meeting was postponed. There have been people brought into my day that have offered help without me asking. There have been times that I’ve done more in less time and wondered how that could have happened. The reason for all of these times is God and His love for answering prayer just when I needed it. I’ve also learned that God wants me to be wise and sometimes I need to say, “No”. It’s ok. I needed a great deal of faith to say my first, “No”. God will direct your path. He said so. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Here’s the greater picture. If we let our lives take control of us, it will. Our schedules, our appointments, our to-do lists, our day to day activities will find a way to keep us under its grip. But we must remember that if our lives take us away from God, then we ARE too busy. We should never be too busy for God. So I say, “If life becomes too busy…PRAY.”
Heavenly Lord, thank You for watching out for us. Thank You for taking over our schedules and rearranging them so that all we say and do glorifies You. Help me Lord to seek You when things get overwhelming. Help me to see what is most important and that is spending time with You. Forgive me when I think that I can take control and do this on my own. Teach, me dear Lord to always acknowledge You so that You can show me the way. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!