Monday, February 23
When my husband, Steven, and I were first married and living in Orlando, Florida, we were members of First Presbyterian Church there. One Sunday, printed in the bulletin, was a little blurb that, as an admitted control freak, caught my eye. I cut it out, placed it in the front of my daily agenda, and to this day often refer back to it. It reads like this:
Good Morning! This is God.
Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If you have a situation you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFJTD (Something For Jesus To Do) box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it or remove it. Holding on or removal will delay the resolution of our problem. If it is a situation you think you are capable of handling, please consult Me in prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.
Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no need for you to lose any sleep. Rest My child. If you need to contact Me, I am only a prayer away.
Twenty-five years have passed and that piece of paper is a bit faded, but its message is not. When something stressful is happening in my life, I look to those words for comfort, knowing that in prayer, when I put the problem in God's hands, He will take the burden off my shoulders. As my family will tell you, "letting go" is not in my nature! This is a lifelong challenge as a career worrier! But God has never let me down when I have placed my concerns in the SFJTD box. Now, if I could only master the patience part...
Dear Lord, please help me to trust You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. Amen