“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Most of us know the things we need to accomplish daily and can organize our schedules accordingly to fulfill those tasks. The number of goals or interventions leading to completion determines whether the outcome is successful or unsuccessful. Have we taken into account the distractions that we have no control over that will impact our goals? The unexpected events that we cannot ignore, usually change what we desire to achieve every day.
Setting goals are an integral part of a structured lifestyle; even so, there are consequences to structuring our lives around to-do lists. We begin to lose our overall focus on a well-rounded lifestyle. We engage in risky behaviors when we overburden ourselves with too many commitments and responsibilities. The continual stress of doing too much in 24 hours harms our minds and bodies; Stress causes Mental health conditions such as anxiety, and depression along with conditions that affect the Cardiovascular system such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
We must slow down! In our haste, we rush throughout the day without asking if our plans are in His will. We can retrain our perspective; there are seven days in a week, distribute your goals evenly from Sunday-Friday, and enjoy the gift of Saturday the Sabbath, the one day that we do not focus on the cares of life.
In His infinite mercy, God has intervened on our behalf; the Seventh-day Sabbath, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, is part of God’s restorative process to slow our busyness. We have 24 hours to exclusively commune with God. If we follow His plan for our lives, then we can expect the restoration of our minds and bodies. God’s methods produce perfect results. Yes, God does all things well, present your plans to him, and wait for His approval. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14 NLT
Prayer: Dear God, We thank you for your love and infinite mercy by providing us with your plan to restore and heal us. We ask forgiveness for not seeking and waiting for your approval. May we obediently follow your will for our lives. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020