Saturday, November 15, 2008

Valuable lesson learned...

Yesterday was a stressful day at the end of a stress filled week. My heart was heavy for multiple reasons but at work I was really feeling it because I was the one to discover another huge error that someone made and I knew it could cost him his job. Since I sit by him, I felt his stress and uneasiness but I also felt for my manager who I knew was catching the heat of the whole ordeal. I had discovered it Thursday afternoon when my manager was gone to a meeting and called her at the end of the day to tell her about it. She worked all day yesterday on getting it taken care of but it still was unresolved at the end of the day. 

At 2:00 I left for my lunch break and was really feeling the weight of everything and as I was walking away I felt impressed to pray for everything. I found myself saying, "Jesus, I cast all of this on to you because I know you care about these people and I know you care about me." I was amazed at how I felt Him begin to calm my nerves and my heart. As I continued to talk to Him and rest in His presence at lunch I had a 'knowing' sense that He knew and He really did care. 

Someone had said to me that this whole thing wasn't my fault...I understood that but at the same time... felt bad for them. Later as I was relaying the day to my husband on the way home I realized that I was carrying the weight of their stress and the stress of everyone around me. I realized that in taking my feelings and the stress to the Lord, I was doing exactly what He wanted me to do... to cast it all on to Him to take care of. I realized in doing so it was much like the error I found... I found it and then took it to my assistant manager and proceed to put the 'resolving' to those who were able to resolve the situation... Prayer is just like that. You find these things that bother you or stress you out or that worry you... in taking it to Him in prayer, you are taking it to the One who CAN resolve the situation and is more than able to take care of everything. In this particular case at work, once I turned it over to them I couldn't take it back, there was nothing more for me to do because it was in the hands of those in authority over me. Prayer is like that too in that once you give it to the Father, it's in the hands of Him who is authority over you and there's no taking it back, there is nothing more you can do. 

Wow... what a concept isn't it? It's just amazing to me because so many times, after I pray for a situation, I take it back and continue to worry about it or try to figure out what else I can to do fix it. Yesterday I realized that when I take it to Him in prayer, everything that concerns me is now in capable hands and He will take care of everything. That's so... freeing and yet at the same time, I admit, it's hard to let go... It's exactly what He wants though. For us to just let go and let Him take care of it. To trust Him with all that concerns us and to rest in the fact that He is more than able to resolve our concerns. 

Lord, help me to let go once I've brought it to you. Help me to release my cares to you moment by moment as I need to. Take all these concerns and day to day stresses and resolve them how you see fit. Help me to trust in Your most capable hands and in your love, grace and kindness. You are truly and awesome God. Amen...

Bonnelle

4 comments:

Cheri' said...

What a great truth you've shared! I loved the analogy of taking it to your manager and taking it to God -- leaving it in the hands of those who have authority in those areas. God cares so much about our everyday struggles, and we so often forget to take these things to Him. Thanks for hearing the Lord on this and for the reminder to "cast our cares on Him. . ."

Thanks also for the comment on my blog. It always means a lot to me to hear from you! I love you Bonnelle and appreciate your friendship.

Kate said...

That's a lesson I'm still working on learning. Well, I know it, but applying it is the trick. I like the way you applied what you're going through at work to what you know about God. I hope that you are able to leave your cares with Him and keep that heaviness from your heart. :)

B His Girl said...

So many times we take it back after we have given it to Him. Sounds like it was a hard day. You probably know the song 'Lean on Me'. I will be driving, worrying about something and that song will come on the radio. I know the Lord is reminding me of the Proverb that I pray all the time...that I will trust Him, lean not on my understanding knowing He will direct my path. Keep leaning on Him.

B His Girl said...

Oh, I just had to tell you this. Last night after I wrote my comment, I went to CVS Pharmacy. It is about 4 minutes from my house. 'Lean on Me' came on the radio. I had to burn a little extra gas to listen to it. That was a word for you and me. LEAN....Lean on Him. I had to smile. He is reading our blogs and comments. :) :) :) Don't you just love Him!!!!!!!!