As I type, the windows are open and I hear the crickets chirping in the distance and an airplane flying over my house. It has been a quiet, peaceful Sunday.
This morning I attended church. My soul needed to be restored for the week. This morning's sermon was "Perfect Assurance for Imperfect People". The pastor spoke about our failures and how they can create massive unrest in our souls. He looked at God's perfect assurance for his imperfect people. When we understand God's perfect assurance, our failures become opportunities for greater faith because grace always means we can stop paying off our past with our future. I needed to hear those words.
As I am preparing for my presentation this week, I am feeling like a failure. I am still going over the powerpoint and new materials and I feel that I am not comprehending fast enough. Of course, I always think everybody else is perfect and they have everything prepared and ready. I know those are lies. No one is perfect. Fear and failure are such robbers of our lives and that is how anxiety begins.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest".
I will claim those words this evening as I finish packing and preparing for my trip to Minneapolis.
As I take time to sit out on the patio and look out on the wetlands, I will count my blessings in knowing that God has already gone before me and He is in control of my week.