Every time I go out heads turn. People literally stop and watch as I go by. But it’s not really me they’re looking at. They’re looking at the long line of children walking behind me. They’re looking closely, trying to figure out if they’re all mine. Actually most times when I go out at least one person asks me if they’re all mine.
And more often than not a few of them are not my own. I love being around kids, teaching them, cuddling them, training them. That’s my personality.
Since I have been old enough I have worked with children in various ministries. About a year ago I started teaching our church nursery class.
Every Sunday morning I have a little group of 0-4 year olds come into my class with big smiles. We sing some songs and read a story. When it’s time to color I tell them all to go get a mat. They love this part of class.
With excited little voices they yell out the color that they want to get. They each grab a mat and when they bring them to the floor they always try to put them together.
I am sure you have seen these kind of mats before. They look like big puzzle pieces and when put the right way they can all fit together to make one big mat. The kids love trying to put them together.
But you know what happens EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK?
Pepper stands on the mat.
She is struggling so hard, pulling on that mat. She let’s out a frustrated sigh and just keeps pouring energy into fitting her mat to the one next to it.
But she’s standing on it.
It’s not fitting together because it’s not lined up and as long as she’s standing on it it will never fit right.
I walk over to her and pick her up and stand her next to the mat. Now that’s she’s off of it I can easily fit it together with the others. Easily.
Every week when I see this happen I think of myself, trying to fit my life together just right all by myself.
But I am standing on it.
I am what’s stopping my life from “fitting together.” If I stepped aside and let God take care of it He could place things into order- easily.
Easily. God doesn’t struggle trying to fit pieces together.
As long as I am standing on it- trying to be in control and not stepping aside and handing things to God I will struggle. I will waste energy and time.
It’s when I step back that God can take control and put things how they should be.
So how long will I continue to stand on it? Keep it from fitting right? How long will you stand on that one issue that you haven’t given to God? When will you allow Him to put it together for you?
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you.”
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
God doesn’t want us struggling to get our lives right. He wants us to just step aside and ask for help. Give it over to Him. When we do, we can have rest.