I had one of “those” mornings….and it wasn’t even 6 am yet. The night before consisted of both children (alternating times of course; it’s like they take shifts!) coming and asking for someone to come and lay down with them at various times through out the night. So needless to say I didn’t sleep well.
I got up at 5 am (which is my normal 3 days of the week) to drink my coffee, eat my granola and read my Bible in peace before heading to 6am spin class at our local rec. center. Since it’s winter and snowy/wet, I’ve been wearing my fuzzy boots to the gym and changing into my cycling shoes when I get there. I was about a mile away from our house when it dawned on my that I forgot my cycling shoes. Ordinarily no big deal if I was wearing running shoes, but I was wearing big fuzzy boots which in no way would work for any kind of exercise except shoveling snow! So, I turned around to get my shoes which of course meant I was late. This would have been bad enough, but no; my water bottle saw fit to fall out of my backpack as I was getting out of my car and since it’s blacker than a moonless night at 6 am, I was searching my the flashlight of my iPhone under my van looking for my water bottle that rolled out of sight. (someone should make a square water bottle that doesn’t roll….just saying). So now I was really late, like 5 minutes late. Which sounds like no big deal until that means the only bikes left in the class are free-wheel (not fun). So now I’m stuck with the kind of bike that’s hard for me to ride and then the computer on said bike quits working.
That’s when I was about ready to throw in the towel, go back home and go back to bed.
Too much had gone wrong with this day and it was barely 6am. Where’s the reset button when you need it?
I had been on my bike about 15 minutes and mentally wallowing in my morning of mis-haps, when a little song began playing itself in my head….”Take a moment, to remember, Who God is and who I am.” So, I began to remember who God is. All of the sudden, there was a shift in my perspective. I began to think about all the blessings that I do have. A warm bed, food in this magical wonder of technology called a refrigerator, I have a hardworking and dedicated husband, I have two healthy children, I was still getting my workout in and I can move my body without being in pain. I drove home seeing a beautiful sunrise and knew no matter how the day had started, it was going to be a great day.
But the story doesn’t end there….
Today the Holy Spirit began to show me a lesson in what happened that day. It’s a well known fact that exercise releases endorphins in the body. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. That morning I felt hopeless over a situation I was facing and when things around me started to go wrong, I wanted to go home and climb into bed under the covers and hide. But, I chose to do what I knew was the best thing for my body and I pressed through into doing what I was supposed to do.
Many people right now are flooded with hopelessness and fear.
This can cause inaction and paralysis. People are being stifled from fulfilling their purpose and they want to hide in beds with the covers over their heads. It feels like everything is wrong with the world and that nothing is right and depression sinks in.
Just like exercise releases those endorphins which cause the “feel good” feelings, when you step out in your purpose and calling, the hopelessness changes to feelings of fulfillment. When people come alive in their created purpose, that thing that they have been designed and pre-destined to do, they begin to come alive. Where situations had looked grim, hope begins to spring forth. Action must be taken and steps must be taken towards doing those things. Friend, God does have a plan and a purpose for your life. He has tailor made you with your personality, your proclivities, those things that make you laugh or cry when no one else does; He made you just the way you are to fulfill a call and a purpose that only you can fill. When you decide to take steps, when you get up off the couch, and begin to walk in that call and purpose, something amazing happens. All that seemed wrong, all the negativity begins to shift to hope. Philippians 4 tells us to not worry about anything, but pray about everything. It goes on to explain that when we do this, the peace of God will guard and our hearts and our minds.
A business person that I follow, has a saying “take action every day”. When we take action, things do change!
My friend, what areas of your life are you needing to take action in? What are the areas that you know God is asking you to step out in? Take a moment, remember who God is and what God is calling you to do. You do have a purpose, there is a plan, and I would encourage you today to step out and take action to fulfill that call!