Many times when we turn our cares and worries over to the Lord, I believe we must let go or drop something in our lives as well. There are many things we can be doing and saying ‘yes’ to because they are good and worthwhile plans and causes.
But, I often end up dragging myself before God asking Him to take my worries and cares from me, that only I can remove by saying ‘no.’
There many good plans and activities that are often difficult to say no too and many times we feel guilty if we don’t step in and help. We must find our rhythm and set the pace for ourselves so that peace and rest emanate from us not frustration and anger.
If we do things out of a sense of guilt, a constant stream of ‘yeses” will create a current of anger in us that will interrupt the flow of God’s presence in our lives.
Lysa Terkeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministry talks about saying ‘yes’ to too many things and by doing so, it actually results in us missing out on the best things:
“It’s so hard to say no and let go of opportunities that come my way. But if I don’t learn the gift of release, I’ll wrestle with a lack of peace.” . . . “Refusing to release often means refusing to have peace.”
I have been having encounters with the Lord recently as I sought balance in my life. A week ago, as I knelt by my bed, Jesus came to me and with both hands lifted me up off of my knees. We walked together on a path beside a stream and I remember the easy pace of our walk and the movement of His hands as we engaged in conversation. Then, we sat down underneath a tree and talked some more. I don’t know what we talked about, but I do remember the pleasant rhythm of our walk and the ease of our conversation.
There is a rhythm that God wants us to create in our busy lives and it is found in the ‘yes’ and ‘noes’ of each day. Jesus is our friend and He longs to walk with us, but I fear He has trouble keeping up with us:
“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.” (Luke 24:16)