Random thoughts jump around in my head, sometimes like fleas and other times like galloping horses needing corralled.
Focus? It’s nearly gone. Writing projects are temporarily put on hold.
Here’s the thing.
My husband and I are in major transition as we anticipate his retirement from decades in church ministry, relocate to a different state, and begin a “second career” for him as a ministry consultant.
The transition involves selling our current house, securing another house, packing, house inspections, packing, home showings, cleaning, and capturing moments with family and friends. Did I mention packing?
I have physical tasks to do in preparation, like sorting, packing and donating items (or as my husband says, purging, packing and proffering). We are using this transition to downsize, which brings a sense of accomplishment along with an overwhelmed feeling. I box items and then realize I need it the next day.
My brain can only process random thoughts.
Why did I save this thing? What can I donate? What can I sell? When will we move? Why won’t the house sell?
Each day brings a lot of unknowns as time moves through the transition process.
The transition process. A thousand small steps leading to the major change.
In the midst of all this, I hang on to God’s Word to bolster my faith.
“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6
I remember the call on our lives to serve Him in ministry, which was not random.
A wise person once said,
The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot keep you.
In the challenges of life and ministry, I learn to trust God’s sustaining grace.
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
God promises His presence wherever we are.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The Lord does not have random thoughts, but is secure and faithful.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
God knows my random thoughts.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit an when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Psalm 139:1
God is at work in the transitions of life, often behind the scenes. For that, I am thankful.
Whatever changes you a facing right now, remember God is steadfast and never changes. Rest in the sovereignty of God when transitions abound.
Now, where did I pack my brain?
Oh Nancy, I know this so well. A to do list too long, too many unknowns and too many decisions. I’ve found it helpful to jot notes. The random thoughts that get written down stop bouncing around in my brain so much! And prioritize little breaks like a walk or a yoga session or a bike ride. God bless on this new adventure. He goes before you and behind and beside, like the mountains surround Jerusalem. Psalm 125:2
Nancy Kay Grace
Thank you for the encouraging words, Colleen! The other day I got some nature therapy, which helped. May the Lord bless you!