This morning while taking a shower I was thinking about my schedule. My showers are lengthy due to my think time. The next three months have a number of major events including: helping two families move (our own grown children), a family vacation, a conference and an international missions trip. I thought to myself, “I will have to kick into survival mode.” The survival mode has a mindset of, ” hold on til the ride is over. I have no control over whats happening. “
The Lord broke in and spoke, “not survive mode, thrive mode.” I had to process that a bit. My shower just got longer. How often is the question, “how are you doing?” Met with, “well, I’m surviving. Hanging in there. Life will be easier after this is over.”
Life with Christ is lived out by faith and grace. We trust God and believe He will supernaturally intervene in our circumstances. Having much to do, can be done in rest and peace thereby accomplishing more in less time. I have seen this happen over and over in my life. Spending time with the Lord should be priority, even more so the busier we are. Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
Thrive means to: prosper, flourish, succeed, grow vigorously, improve according to Webster’s New world College Dictionary.
The Lord is telling us we don’t need to be in survival mode, that even in the busiest of times we can flourish. Growing and increasing in Christ continues for a lifetime. God will help us maintain our schedule if we keep our eyes on Him. Having much to do is not a bad thing, as long as time spent with the Lord stays on the schedule.
If busy takes the place of prayer, Bible study, and one days rest out of seven, ask the Lord for help to rearrange your schedule. Putting the Lord aside during your busy season, means your flesh will take over with striving, producing stress, fatigue, anger and burnout. Instead, may we stay connected in every season by following this word in John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does he prospers.