I was hyped up by the slogan ‘Do whatever it takes’……. When our lives are all messed up, we need to reset to default, just like I had to reset my body clock.
Have you ever had to reset your phone, or electrical appliance to the manufacturers default setting, due to a glitch or malfunction in the way it was performing?
I recently had to reset my body clock. Being a morning person, with a natural inclination for producing absolutely anything in the early hours of the morning, I recently decided to work differently. Over the period of a week, I forced myself to wake up in the middle of the night, to complete an urgent project that I was working on.
The mornings had always been my saving grace. I could produce absolutely anything, from banana bread, poetry, lesson plans and blog posts to the day’s meals, while the dew settled, it was still dark, and the rest of the world were still asleep. It worked for me. I’d functioned that way since my children were small.
There’s just something beautifully refreshing about the mornings, that tugs at my soul and the core of who I am.
I was hyped up by the slogan ‘Do whatever it takes’, which was the motivation behind my venture in joining the bandwagon of people who thrive by staying up late, or waking up in the middle of the night to complete tasks. The night owls.
I managed to progress with work on the project but was rewarded with stress, feeling out of sorts, people asking how I was, then telling me that I looked tired.
At the end of that grueling week, after telling God that it wasn’t working, I embraced the truth… I wasn’t a night person, never had been and never would be.
The following day, I worked on the project up till a reasonable hour (in my estimation), put it down, went to bed, got a full night’s sleep and woke up with a smile on my face. I reset my body clock to its default.
Sometimes our lives are like that – out of sorts, nothing working in the way it should, confusion surrounding the purpose of our lives and the place in which we find ourselves.
Perhaps we set out in life hoping to achieve great things, to be the change that we want to see but have ended up depressed, insecure, in debt, disappointed by our constant need for a man or woman’s body to give us a quick fix, and lacking in confidence, focus and direction.
When our lives are all messed up, we need to reset to default, just like I had to reset my body clock. We need to reset our lives to line up with the manufacturers original setting. God is the manufacturer of our lives and has the blue print and plans detailing who we are and what we’re created to do.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11 NIV]
God knows we’re messed up, that’s why Jesus, His son, died to give us the gift of His Holy Spirit to be with us, help, direct, and enable us to be the people He created us to be.
Truth is, without the manufacturers Manual (God’s word), the help of God’s Spirit and a willingness by us to hear, trust, believe and obey Him, our lives will always malfunction.
We can pretend, giving people the impression that we’re doing okay without God’s help, love and direction but in those moments when we’re confronted with our weaknesses; and the truth of who we really are, we long for something more of ourselves.
God loves us deeply and wants to do something awesomely amazing with our messy lives; the failures, mistakes and regrets. Can I encourage you today to respond to the overwhelming love that He so desperately wants to lavish on us… go on, one taste of His love is all you’ll need.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” [Matthew 11:28 – 30 NIV]