So many times I jump to concussions about things. For example, when I found all our adoption paperwork had coffee spilled on it, I freaked out, I will admit! It really wasn’t as big of a deal as it seemed like at the time. In fact, this morning I found a way to fix it by photocopying it. So, it really wasn’t something to get all worked up about. But nevertheless, I tend to freak out about stuff, just ask my husband. I have learned that, really, if I would just step back and take a deep breath, things really aren’t as bad as they seem.
Some people are just so much better than me about taking things in stride and not getting all worked up when things don’t work out as they should. It reminds me of a character in the Bible, Joshua. If you read in the book of Joshua you will find a lot of really impressive stories. There were so many instances of Joshua coming up against some huge thing, such as big walled cities or large rivers, and he could have really freaked out about it, but he didn’t. He did a great job of just calmly doing what God told him to do and not questioning it. I am really impressed by that. I would like to be more like him. In fact, one of my sons is named Joshua. There is a verse in the book of Joshua that really speaks to this. God says to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. I think I need to take that to heart when facing a situation that I am feeling is bigger than me.
I have to remember that God is big enough to do anything and I don’t need to freak out about things great or small. He has everything under control. I am sure you are all sensing a theme on this blog lately. I don’t mean to harp on the same subject all the time but this is just what God is dealing with me about and He usually has to repeat Himself a lot for me to hear :). I am determined to be strong and courageous no matter what happens today that makes me want to freak out. Things are usually not as bad as they seem. And God is in control.