You have them, too, don’t you? Those “whatever.” moments? I’m talkin’ “whatever” with a resigned, lower-case “w”. I’m talkin’ the kind of “whatever” we utter when we’re so double-dog tired in our current situation or circumstance that we don’t really give a fig what happens next because we’re tired of All The Struggle?
If we’re being honest with ourselves and each other, we’ve all been there. Probably way more than once. I can count on my own hands, at least twice over, when I’ve been there.
But lean in real close now – I want to share something I read this week in “Let It Go” by Karen Ehman that shattered my self-pity and made me perk right up:
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
Um, Missy, (you might be thinking), Karen didn’t say that – Paul did.
Here’s what Karen did say, though:
She shared that the Greek word content literally means “to be satisfied to the point where I am no longer disturbed or disquieted.”
She then goes on to pack that little punch with these words. “He is longing for us to take our eyes off of our situation and fix them solely upon him.”
And, just in case I am tempted to wallow in that feeling a little longer, Karen encourages us to ask ourselves a pivotal question: “What does God want me to learn about Him that I might never discover if He were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation?”
Oh, what, indeed!
That little pearl of wisdom was just what I needed to be reminded of when I’m tempted to feel so low that the worms won’t even join me underground.
Because, I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling the need to spout that “whatever.”? It’s usually because I’m feeling forlorn about something that is beyond my control. Or something wrong with my circumstances. Or someone I have no control over. And I start forgetting that my job is focus in on Christ. In me, yes, but also in you. And him. And her. And them.
It’s then that I’ll begin to learn how to live more joyfully in the midst of my “whatever.”. And see some purpose in it.
And even if I can’t see the purpose in it? I can at least take great comfort in the fact that there is indeed purpose in it because God is in control.
Then? That “whatever.” can take a flying leap. Because I’m just gonna Let. It. Go.
Doesn’t that sound great?
I’m working on it.
Want to join me?
You can buy a copy of Karen Ehman’s book “Let. It. Go” here. (I have no affiliations and receive no recompense for this recommendation. I just really stinkin’ enjoyed every chapter in this book. And I’m just guessing that lots of you will too!)