{Be Encouraged} Rubik’s Cube Solutions

Delight

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

 

I am a planner. The lines of my mental Rubik’s cube start clicking as soon as I’m given an event, schedule, or trip to plan. It’s automatic. I immediately start brainstorming ideas and continue to arrange the details until they fall into place in the most efficient way possible. It’s one my strengths  – a gift. But if I’m not careful the strength can become a weakness and I get tempted to find the return receipt for the gift.

Until my proverbial Rubik’s cube is complete and my ‘problem’ is fully solved, it can take over my thoughts. It’s as if you were given a mixed up cube today and were told you can’t stop working on the solution until it was finished. That could lead to days and even weeks of consistent clicking and turning…exhausting.

I have learned the importance of being still in these circumstances. I do my basic research and planning but once I hit the ‘crazy’ point I have to take a step back. I have to be still. For me that usually involves a bubble bath (as I’ve mentioned previously my bath tub is my second office) and time where I turn my attention to God and ask Him to give me wisdom for my next step in the process. Then I shut my brain off (or at least fill it with thoughts of flowers and butterflies since shutting it off completely seems impossible for me ;) ) and listen.

It never fails that after stepping back to let GOD show me how to sort out my circumstances, He always does. It’s always in a place of peace and rest and not of striving or trying to force the situation to happen. The colors seem to easily slide into place and I am left looking at a finished puzzle. My questions of ‘Which is the best overnight location for our trip?’ or ‘How am I going to get everything on my to do list accomplished before Saturday?’ are answered.

Life is one big Rubik’s cube made up of smaller ones. We have to make decisions, figure out problems, deal with emotions and concerns. We can spend our time and energy trying to figure out the solutions ourselves or we can learn to be still and know that He is God.  (And for those of us who have the tendency to say ‘I don’t have time to be still’…if we really stop to think about it, we don’t have time to NOT be still! It’s like trying to figure out the solution yourself while the ‘Step by Step Guide to Solving a Rubik’s Cube’ handbook is sitting on the table next to us.)

If you’re feeling overwhelmed because of an unsolved puzzle in your life, I encourage you to take a step back and consult the solution handbook. The Word of God and His presence will provide everything you could possibly need!

Here is one of my favorite songs to put on repeat as a ‘flowers and butterflies’ mental vacation when I’m having a still moment :) Enjoy!

 


July 19, 2013

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