by Macy Johnson
“What a wretched man I am!
Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
(Romans 7:24 NIV)
In my daughter’s neighborhood lives a dog who is a major pest. Dodger wants you, or anyone within his vision, to throw a stick for him over and over and over. Don’t dare pick up the slimy piece of wood he drops at your feet. He will dance around you and try to entice you to play his game, but don’t give in, or you’re stuck!
Some nights my brain acts like Dodger when I try to fall asleep. I cannot seem to stop thinking about this or that. Give an inch and my daughter’s neighborhood fetcher will take a mile. So will my frenzied thoughts, if I let them.
Kimberly Jones reminded me from her book, You Gotta Get Up, “God trusted you with your mess so you can impact others with His message.” The Holy Spirit works in and through me at the perfect time and in the perfect way to serve in His kingdom. He shines so others will see Him in my mistakes. When you can relate to me, you can relate to God. That is what God Sightings are all about!
Humans struggle with the same things. God orchestrates our lives to remind us that we are not alone. He created us for community, not isolation. We all suffer with messes and failures that might threaten to keep us up at night. A mind focused on Jesus will find rest.
Instead of trying to be everything to everyone, to control and order upcoming events and activities, my heavenly Father calls me to breathe, focus on Him, and relax in a peaceful, calm sleep in His arms.
I will dodge the distractions and reach for my heavenly Father today. I hope you will, too!