When God Interrupts My Negative Thoughts
(I’m on vacation with my bride, Melissa! So I’ve asked a couple of my peeps to guest post for me. Today is Nikki Barrett. She’s an educator, new wife (to my own brother!), aspiring writer, and one of the kindest girls I know! You can follower her on Facebook here.)
Have you ever had one of those divine interruptions? I thank God for interrupting me. My negative thoughts were really getting the best of me! I want to tell you about that particular interruption. It seems simple, but it is so powerful.
When Chad asked me to write for his blog today, I was all for it. I have had a love for writing for as long as I can remember. All I ever wanted to do was write for a living. In college, I ignored the advice from loved ones on choosing a degree with a more promising future and majored in English instead. With a plummeting economy, it was hard to find any work as a writer after graduation. I had it in my heart, but the work just wasn’t out there. Then I thought, “Well, I’ll get my teaching certificate. There will always be a need for English teachers!“ Two years later, I got my official certification the day they began laying off teachers.
It’s been three years since I graduated college, and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life. I realize that it’s not uncommon for a 26 year old to feel this way, but years of constantly searching for some kind of direction in life could make anyone feel restless. This anxiety can be emotionally and mentally damaging (and exhausting). I am certainly guilty of letting my anxiety get the best of me.
Like I said, I was thrilled to write for Chad today. I have recently begun doing some freelance writing, the kind of work I have been waiting for all these years, so I was ready to take on a new project. However, anxiety from other areas of my life were soon taking over my emotions. I was feeling pressure with my other jobs, financial issues, things that I need to do and things I want to do but never have time for, and many other negative thoughts just began piling up. I couldn’t think of anything creative to write for this blog because I was so flustered trying to figure out other areas of my life…and that got me more stressed.
Suddenly, in the midst of all this negative talk, I was reminded of Psalm 46:10 : “Be still, and know that I am God.”
I believe this was a divine intervention. This isn’t the first time God interrupted my negative thoughts with this reminder. Life can get overwhelming with all that is expected of us, and we easily get so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget to just “be still” and make time for God. Lifting our lives up to Him through prayer can bring the amazing sense of peace and strength needed in order to face our everyday issues. We can’t do it alone, and He doesn’t want us to. He wants us to cling to Him and trust that He will guide us through.
After the “intervention”, I sat and prayed. I prayed for peace and clarity in the areas of my life that were troubling me. I prayed for God to speak through me as I wrote this post, for I had no idea what I was going to write about. As I sat quietly in His presence, it came to me to share that moment with you all.
You see! Being still works!