Day 140- Thankful that deadlines are not God

This last week I spent a lot of time and effort helping my daughter meet deadlines for the upcoming Regional convention. There were some super anxiety-producing moments when technology did not cooperate and made meeting deadlines on time impossible.

Thursday morning I got so anxious that I couldn’t think straight to talk on the phone and reschedule a chiropractic visit. The day before that, there was a short period of time when I just felt like I was going to die. It was the weirdest feeling. But when I got home and started mindlessly washing dishes (not even my favorite chore) I suddenly felt better, even joyful! Perhaps the anxiety just passed; or perhaps someone was praying for me. If it was you, thank you!

Friday morning the Lord sent me this reminder:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7

I felt the Lord was telling me that I had been placing more importance on the deadlines then I had been on Him. In essence I was idolizing deadlines. Notice, I’m not saying that we should not try to meet deadlines, but what I kept on forgetting to do was to ask the Lord to help me through each step of meeting the deadlines.

Instead of remembering that God is in control and that He has the power to help us through any situation, I was trying to be in control and became very stressed when it was not working out.

A little bit later, the school texted me that the Regional convention that my daughter and her friend have been working so hard to prepare for has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

Suddenly, all those deadlines were no longer pertinent.

Of course, the girls were very disappointed. Their week-long trip that they had been looking forward to was no longer going to happen.

My daughter and I specifically prayed that God would give the convention decision-makers discerning and compassionate hearts, and the Lord specifically answered with the good news that the students have been given permission to keep their various projects to enter in next year’s competition. So, all their hard work will be able to be recognized and rewarded, just with a delay.

We had a pretty good day in spite of the disappointment. My daughter and I indulged in Thai food for lunch, and my husband felt so sorry for our daughter that he treated us to supper at a local barbecue restaurant.

And, my daughter and I got a movie at the library, “Breakthrough”. We watched it that night, and it was an excellent movie!

Today I’m thankful that the Lord gave us so many blessings even amidst the disappointment and the nearly empty shelves at the grocery store after the declaration of a national emergency in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

I’m thankful that we found what we needed and got behind a friendly lady in the very long checkout line. I’m thankful for a good chiropractic visit, a good workout, answered prayer, good family time, that the Lord is cheering up my daughter, and for the really good movie we saw.

I’m thankful for the Lord’s reminder in His word of what we are to do with our anxiety.

I’m thankful that He is God, and He in control!

I’m thankful for His gifts of joy and peace which pass all understanding!

10 thoughts on “Day 140- Thankful that deadlines are not God

  1. Praise be to God from whom ALL blessings flow. So good to hear that you and your daughter’s hard work will still be recognised. And it all turned out beautifully, you enjoyed a great family bonding day.

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  2. […] “I felt the Lord was telling me that I had been placing more importance on the deadlines then I had been on Him. In essence I was idolizing deadlines. Notice, I’m not saying that we should not try to meet deadlines, but what I kept on forgetting to do was to ask the Lord to help me through each step of meeting the deadlines.” Ruth (Planted By Living Water) […]

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