There were a million things racing through my head this morning (after a few cups of coffee, of course!).
Laura and I returned from a wonderful vacation early this morning and now it’s back to the grind: we are weeks away from some of the biggest events of our year and the return of our weekly programming in the church community I help lead.
So this morning, without even thinking about it, I opened my to-do list and starting typing out the myriad of things I needed to accomplish, I needed to figure out, people I needed to talk to…all ASAP!
Within seconds my stress levels were rising…panic was setting in. So much to do, so little time.
Maybe you can relate?
But then I stopped and asked, “Where’s God in all of this? Should my to-do list be the first thing I open to in the morning? Or is there a better way?”
Last week, before vacation I had read this passage from Jeremiah and it has stuck with me:
This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
Where is the good way? Is the way you’re heading allowing you to find rest for your soul?
There are a million different voices out there that tell us where we can find the good way…the way to life and love and peace and freedom and success and rest…those ways might be good for a while but in the end, they don’t stand up to the busyness and stress and storms of life. They offer counterfeit, cheap knock-offs, imitations of the real thing.
So where is the good way? The only answer that will last is, “Jesus.”
It might seem crazy, but even as a pastor I struggle to make time to consistently read the Bible and reflect and pray and listen for God’s voice and respond.
The good way is Jesus, and yet this morning I’m over here doing my own thing, following my own way, believing the bad news that I’ve got to do it all…that it’s all up to me.
So I closed my to-do list app and opened up my Bible app.
My reading plan had this passage from Habakkuk:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
In the sea of to-do list items, with a calendar full of events and activities, it can be easy to equate busyness with success…that’s the good way, right?
The good way is about getting our heads out of our to-do lists and turning our eyes to Jesus.
The good way is not about success and accomplishment and production…the good way is, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord…I will be joyful.”
The good way is trusting that even in times when we are unproductive, unsuccessful, failing at this or that…that God is still in control and so God is the one to turn to!
How about you? What has been your good way? Is it providing you real rest? Real life?
Are you turning to Jesus or something else? Someone else?
Jesus’ invitation is always here for me…and you…and all of us: come follow me to deeper, more life-giving, life-shaping waters, to greater adventure, to a rich and satisfying life, to everlasting love, to eternal life…
But it all starts with turning toward Jesus first…before the to-do lists…
Will you do that with me today?