Lead Me From Me To You

I was making the mistake last night of having a conversation with myself. While that may not be bad all the time, last night it was. I was thinking about the lease on a building, my classes, the increased workload on my job, the roof, the oil change, Elijah’s graduation, my class reunion, and my desire to relocate to Georgia. SLC and I were talking about some of these things; primarily those that need to be taken care of this week. I told myself, “You can handle it. You’re just overwhelmed.” I immediately heard Psalm 61:2; the second part that says, “When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Just between you and I, I’m a pretty smart guy. I am very resourceful. Need something fixed? I can do it, even if I have never done it before. I’m a man’s man. I don’t like taking about what’s broke, I like fixing it. This smartadicity (new word I just made up) is my biggest problem, and it was my biggest problem last night.

I mean if I am overwhelmed obviously all my intelligence and resourcefulness is not enough to get me the peace I need. Telling me I can handle it was a somewhat delusional statement when made without acknowledging my dependence on God. In fact I am now convinced God allows some crap to take place things not too work out as planned when my smart self plans without praying and acknowledging him.

So as I hear this familiar scripture again, for the first time, I think I understand it a little bit better.

It starts, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You”, meaning know matter where I go, or how high I get I will always acknowledge your role in getting me there and keeping me there.

Next it says, “When my heart is overwhelmed”. Heart actually means and includes mind, so as smart as I think I am, I will reach a point of mental futility equivalent to brain freeze, which can lead to mental and physical exhaustion.

Finally, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. Jesus said to Simon, “thou art Peter”. Peter means small stone. Thou art ___________, a small stone. Then Jesus said, “Upon this Rock I will build my church.” This rock is not a small stone, but a Bedrock or a large foundational stone that you can build on.

So when my small stone of a mind has exhausted all of its resources, remind and lead me to the ultimate source of all peace; the foundation upon which my faith, hope and life is built.

Now I know what they meant when I was a child when they said, “You know Too Much”.

Thank God now I know Him.

See y’all real soon.

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Solomon said...

Great message today, just what I needed. I realize that I am just the small stone, even though sometimes I try and do everything for myself, (big head, I mean stone)

I also like what Jesus said to Peter, it fits into what I also have going on in my life.

And I know for real that the Lord lets some cr*p happen in my life just to show me who is really in charge. I was actually thinking about that the other day.

Anyway, great message today!

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Right on time, SLC. I often need to remind myself of the fact that in times of frustration and angst there is relief if I just drop the issue(s) at God's feet. Wonderful lesson, thanks for sharing :-)!

Strongblkwmn said...

Wow! Definitely words I need to hear right now. CurvyGurl read my latest post and lead me to this one. I had no idea I was being lead to my friend SLC. It's amazing how God works.

QueenBee said...

Someone was having a bad day, a good friend of mine and I think I want to share with her the message here today. I think it will not only lift her spirits but it will help her come to the realization that she is not in control over her own life. By the way, I like your new word you made up.

SLC said...

Hey Solomon. Keep me and my stubborn stone in prayer.

CurvyGurl, always a pleasure, and thanks for telling my sister from New York to stop through. BTW I'll be turning some ladies on to that book you recommended.

Tammy (gu'ment name) I read your post earlier yesterday and returned late last night after a heavy evening. Your words turned my frown upside-down.

Queen in the House!!!
I hope this is a blessing to your friend. EVERYBODY WISH QUEEN A HAPPY BELATED BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!!

Now Queen, I'm going to need today's post in 3 years, 5 years, 6 years, and 11 years. They live with me, they're going to Church.

TO ALL, thanks for the much needed boost.


Mizrepresent said...

I will have to agree with everyone here. This is the message i have to remind myself daily and especially in times of turmoil. Thanks for sharing, as always.

SLC said...

Miz!!! My source of inspiration.

I Love What You Have Learned

Thanks for sharing and being a blessing. See you at the next cookout.