Friday, June 18, 2010


Have you ever noticed the different styles people have for dealing with big projects that have to be completed within a certain amount of time?

Some people don't even have to think about what they need to do, they just jump right in with both feet.
Like my friend who teaches kindergarten and has already begun getting her classroom ready for the first day of school (in August). She's already painted her classroom, moved bulletin boards, and rearranged the furniture. She doesn't need a list of things to do, she just sees something that needs to be done and she does it. These are the people who finish everything early and then immediately move on to the next project. They never seem to stop.
Other people break the task down into more manageable pieces and do a little at a time until the job is finished. These are the list people.

They need to see the light at the end of the tunnel and work toward it. This is the group I would love to be a part of and I do try really hard. I make awesome lists and plan out what needs to be done so that I can work ahead a little at a time. It just isn't me though.
I am in the third group. We are the last-minute people, what some people would call procrastinators. We are well aware of what is coming and what needs to be done, but it's hard for us to be motivated to work with deadlines that are distant. We work best under the pressure of a looming deadline. Nothing like the ticking of the clock to get us motivated to get things done.

Those of us who are last-minute people drive the divers and the list makers crazy. While the people from the other two groups run around completing project after project and crossing things off their lists, the pressure people sit back and do "nothing". We take care of only what has to done right now and worry about the rest later. Then, at the last minute, they scramble to get everything done and usually finish with just seconds to spare.
Anyone else ever find that God seems to enjoy working under pressure as well? He knows what's coming and exactly what needs to be done. Matthew 6:8 says, "...for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." And yet, it seems that He always waits until the last possible second to give it to us.
I have been thinking about this for a while as we have been planning our big move. Daniel and I have been asking God to help us to find a job for Daniel and to find a place to live for months without anything happening. It's a little stressful to think of having no home of our own. We know that our family will not let us be without a place to go, but it is definitely not at the top of our list to have to move in with any of them, although it looks like we will be doing just that for a little while.
I was getting a little discouraged about this a week or so ago when nothing seemed to be happening and the plans we were trying to make for ourselves were just not working out. I turned on the radio in my van and heard someone speaking about the Lord's Prayer. I didn't really listen in to0 much until he came to the part that says, "...Give us this day our DAILY bread." Jesus asked for what he needed to get through today. He did not say give me enough for today and to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. So, why would I ask for more than that? The speaker then quoted Matthew 6:34 which says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." As I was listening to that, I thought of this song that we used to sing in church as I was growing up.

All I really need to do is trust that God will provide what I need for today. I don't have to worry about what I'm going to eat tomorrow or where I'm going to live. God will reveal that plan to me when it's time.
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that all we have to do is sit around trusting that God is going to drop everything into our laps while we do nothing to help ourselves. He very well could do that if He wanted to, of course, but that isn't usually the way He works.As it says in the movie Where the Red Fern Grows, we have to "meet God halfway."

So, while we've been waiting and praying, we've also been working. Daniel's been sending in job applications, we've been trying to save money, we've made some preparations so that we will be able to put a house on some family land, and we've even gone to look at some homes. And still, only 8 days before our move, we are jobless and houseless.
But, I believe that God has a plan for us. I believe that He already has a job for Daniel that will be just what our family needs. The way that we are going to find this job, though, is by getting out there and applying for jobs. We have to trust that God will take the applications that Daniel fills out and place them into the hands of the people who need to see them. We have to be patient as we wait, trusting that God will provide for us what we need today and that when the time is right, He will provide the job that we are seeking.
I also believe that God will provide us with a home of our own, when the time is right. I don't know when that will be or where. We have some options that we are looking into. So far, though, we haven't found "the one" that we are looking for. So, we continue to wait for that too. What we have found is the God has provided for us to have family who is willing to take us in for a little while. He has provided what we need for now. He will provide the things that we need tomorrow as well. My job is to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow and give Him praise for what he has done for me today.
So, to all of you who have been asking the questions about "where are you moving to" and "where is Daniel going to work", the answer is "I don't know." And I can give that answer with a smile on my face and peace in my heart because I trust the One who does know. He has always come through for me just in time and I know that He will continue to do so.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me what I need today. Help me to remember to enjoy the things you have given me today and to let tomorrow worry about itself.

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