I had a conversation with someone this morning about overthinking our decisions. We analyze and re-analyze to the extent that we are more confused than ever about what it is we need to do. We are also to “keep watch” over our thoughts. We spend so much time trying to understand our current situations and what God wants us to do. We overthink it in search of one specific answer. We don’t spend nearly as much time trying to understand why a star shines brighter than another at night or why how gold and other precious rocks develop, we’re just glad they do! Why is it that we can’t just accept that Gods ways are not our ways and that we don’t need to understand everything about Him, we just need to have faith. As a child, when I asked my parents why they made a decision, they always responded with, “Because I said so.” Even though I didn’t like it, I accepted that response. If I trusted them, I found peace in it. Why is it that we can’t accept that response from God? Is it a lack of trust? Is peace a sign of trust? How much do we really need to understand it? When we have peace, we are in relationship with God. When we don’t have peace, are we overthinking it?
Forgive our need to understand everything. We are not the creator of the world, we are not you, God. Help us to be truly free from overthinking. This is what you want for us! Freedom from the need to understand and figure our way out of every “problem” discovered. Thank you for the your gift of discernment through the Holy Spirit that provides us with rest in you. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear from you so that we can “Keep watch” over that which you have charged us with. Give us quiet contemplation and remind us that we are tethered to you and cannot be lost. You find us and re-direct our paths back to you. You provide us with escape routes when we make mistakes. Your only desire is that we come to you, spend time with you, have a relationship with you so that you can intervene in our lives and use us for good. The kind of good that we don’t need to understand. The kind of good that cannot be embodied in a single word. The kind of good that can only be recognized across generations of people, families, nations. We relinquish control to you. Thank you that you provided us with skills and abilities to lead, to run companies and to be heads of families and the faculties to recognize that we are not ready nor capable of the seat of God CEO.
In Jesus name,
Amen (def. this is truth)