Dorothy Lyons






IT’S NOT UP TO ME!


I am a fixer. If something needs working out, or it is going a little slow or needs a push in the right direction, I am your girl.  

Over the years I have met other women who are much like me. Some of this comes from our type “A” personality. A lot comes from being a wife, mom, working a job and then fulfilling many volunteer responsibilities in our churches and communities and schools. There is no exception. We have to deliver.  We generally are caring people who want to make things right. We want to help people and fix their problems even at our own expense or exasperation.

I have also met some men who are the same with their career, board meetings, being a father, community clubs, etc. We felt that if we did not work hard at our “jobs” it would just not get done. We always go above and beyond in achieving our goals.

Enter the other type of person, who just lets life happen. They get up each morning with no plan and wander through the day letting matters take their own course. We wonder how they ever get anything done. But things seem to work out sooner or …later. Can you imagine?

During the recent presidential- election period I watched TV and listened to newscasts for weeks. Every day I prayed “hard”, if you can do such a thing, and felt the pressure of the outcome resting on my shoulders. I know now that it wasn’t but it felt like it.  On the actual election-day I stayed up until late in the night saying please God, please God, please God, and finally I got so tired that something remarkable happened. I had to say, “I am going to bed God. It is all in “Your hands”.  As soon as the words left my mouth, my heart was pricked.  A process had begun that I really needed to learn once again. It is not up to me.

Lately, I am realizing that the less intense person, mentioned previously, who just lets life happen may have the upper hand on faith and trust in God.  They get up with no agenda until they talk to God.  They are not hurried by schedules so they have time to stop and listen to a friend or a stranger in need. If they get side-tracked a few minutes it is not catastrophic. Well I would have my day all planned out and then asked God to bless it. That’s okay right?

The truth is, God made us all and He knows our weaknesses and strengths.  He is not asking us to be someone other than the person He made us to be, but He is asking for our faith in Him to take precedent over our own plans and ambitions. It is truly not up to me and it is not up to you.  It is up to God. The sooner we realize that the sooner we can live a more peaceful stress free life.

In Genesis 12:1-3 God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home, surroundings, friends and belongings and travel to a place he (Abraham) knew not.

“Now the Lord said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your relatives and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you; and I will bless you, And make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse and all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Now wait a minute! We type “A” people would have a problem with that.   Go….. God said. Okay Lord.  I would start my planning right then and there.  I would figure out what the climate was so I would know what clothes to take and then take an extra jacket just to be sure that the climate did not surprise me. I would plot my course; knowing which roads would be better and then of course plan a side tour along the way, pack the right amount of food and take the right amount of money. And you must call ahead to make sure your housing is ready. You get the picture.

But wait.  God did not tell Abraham where he was going.  So… Just start walking?  God said “go to a place that I will show you”.  Set out on your journey and I will lead you. So I am thinking that Abraham must certainly be the type of person I mentioned above who can just go through a day with no plans and whatever happens just happens.

But what if he wasn’t? What if Abraham was a little frightened, unsure, anxious, and wondered what would happen to him and his family.  It is likely that he had all those thoughts, but he trusted God anyway.  He put his life, and everything he had in God’s hands.

Hopefully we can follow Abraham’s example by trusting in God and walking in the direction He leads us day by day.  Abraham arrived safely at his destination and as God promised, received great blessings.

So, it is not up to me and it is not up to you. God, please impress me over and over again with that fact.  Do you need that reminder? I know I do.

It is up to God. He who knows the beginning from the end. It is God in whom we can put our unwavering trust.

Everything is up to God!  

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