“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For anyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7-8 NIV
This is a verse I know well as I’m sure you do too. But as Captain Uhura said in Star Trek III: ‘Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it’.
About 15 months ago I was stressed. I felt like I was doing too much and I wasn’t coping. Hubby (A) was away on business a lot and I was juggling too many balls (4 children, allotment, being a Phoenix Trader, teaching music lessons, an active dog and a home) and while suffering from back ache. Inevitably a ball would get dropped and then there would be a mad scramble to pick it up and get juggling again.
“Lord, I’m doing too much. I need to scale down my To Do List, but I don’t know what to remove. Please help.”
Fast forward 3 months and I’m sitting in a foreign country with A and 3/4 children. (The eldest is at uni)
No allotment. No music lessons. No Phoenix. No dog.
Just my husband and my children.
My To Do List has changed entirely!
The last 9 months in Japan have been a wondrous growing experience. With J being a full on toddler I still haven’t felt like I’ve had much time to do ‘My Things’ but we have seen some wonderous places and I’ve learnt a lot about myself. With my support structure of my friends and family living in very different and thus inconvenient time-zones I’ve HAD to depend on my faith more. I have learnt the importance of having a daily quiet time. Of trusting God for our future. Of not depending on a church for my spiritual growth. My biggest lesson has been in the last few weeks as we waited for the company to decide our future from September.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
When I asked God to help my with my To Do List last year, I was meaning that I wanted to know what to give up. Which one to remove. I would NEVER have guessed that He would take me over to Japan for 3 years and give up every thing on my list except my husband, children and running a home….
Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.
But I also got SO much more!