I like control. A lot. I always have plans A, B, C and then my alternatives- D-Z plus a1, b2 c3- just in case. I’m a problem solver. I think systemically. First I see the big picture- then I zoom into details. All of which usually works. Except when they don’t.
Like now- when there are 15,000 major things going on at once. Today: there’s a beautiful wedding to be celebrated, a car in the repair shop that needs to be picked up and a rental returned, a husband with a doctors appointment. Tomorrow? A tough meeting to attend and lots of hard things to figure out. Monday? a cancer center appointment-that we have no idea where it will lead. And in the middle of all this? A book project I’m loving and working to have published. And meetings and carpools, and laundry.
Lots of problems to solve, lots of questions I’m trying to- but- can’t answer. Loads of details both can- and can’t plan for. Some are life altering things- others are background noise.
Basically? System overload. If my life had a circuit breaker- it would be tripped. ( A little power outage and system reboot sounds pretty good at the moment.) Except- I’m a wife, a mom, a friend, a follower-a power outage is not an option.
So what do you do when life threatens to overwhelm you?
My answer is beyond simplistic. But- it’s the only one that works.
I: Just do the next thing. Then the next. And the next. One thing at a time.
This is a season when thinking ahead doesn’t always work. If I try to think and plan ahead for somethings- it becomes worry. Obsession. Fear.Instead- this a season when I must carefully choose: “What’s the very next thing I need to do?” Then: I do it. I can’t get too far ahead, and I can’t stay where I am.
Like it or not- I have to take the next step. Even when I don’t know where it leads. Even if I may not like where my foot lands. (Hello- I have 3 dogs, need I say more? I know that taking steps sometimes leads to a mess. It’s just a fact:)
Today? The next step is a wedding celebration….there will be dancing involved. And loved ones. It’s a good day.
” Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:20-21
I’ll take tomorrow’s steps- tomorrow.
How bout you? What do you do when life threatens to overwhelm?