Praying Through Your To-Do List

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A few years ago I was feeling the wrath of an unexpected storm. With both of my parents in the middle of health crises, I found myself hopping in and out of airplanes so I could rush to help. But by dropping everything, my ‘to-do’ list threatened to drown me. Besides caring for my parents, there were conferences, book deadlines, and projects requiring my immediate attention.

Late one night as I lay my head upon my pillow, my mind begin to spin as I thought through all I had to accomplish in the next few months. My parents were still in crisis, one of my children had hit a difficult snag, and my heart literally ached with concern for my loved ones, plus my to-do list was growing faster than I could possibly respond. “Help me, Lord! Help me!” I cried from my bed as sheer panic drummed my heart.

With tears, I told the Lord, “I am only one little gal and how is it you’ve called me to accomplish so much in these next few weeks?

Behold me. I heard him whisper.

So I tried to imagine what Peter must have seen when he saw the Lord walking across the top of the water on the Sea of Galilee. But instead of ‘seeing’ the Lord, all I could ‘see’ was a blizzard of paperwork falling around me, each page scrawled with yet another ‘to-do’ written in black marker.

As I watched this paper blizzard fall around me, I saw the pages of my ‘to-do’ list landing, then floating on the turbulent Sea of Galilee. That’s when I saw him. Jesus was walking toward me, over the tops of the floating papers.

Behold me, he whispered.

As his face came into focus, I took a step toward him, my foot secure as it stepped on one of the many floating papers around me. Miraculously, both the paper and wave held my weight.

Behold me, he encouraged as I continued to look at him.

I took another step, then another as my eyes locked on Jesus’s face.

When I reached him, he said, “Linda, you can only walk through this storm if you behold me.”

My heart quit racing and my tears stopped falling. The Lord himself had shown me how to set my priorities by putting ‘behold Him,’ at the top of my to-do  list.  It’s as Isaiah 26:2-4 states, “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength. (TLB)

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord,

If I can be truthful, I am a woman with a to-do list bigger than I can manage.  I now see that when I behold you, my to do’s will fall into place. Lead me and guide me every step of my every day – as I continue to behold you.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Based on story told in Experiencing God’s Presence; Learning to Listen While You Pray

Comments

  1. Oh how this resonates with me – I’ve just been through a crisis of e-paperwork I thought I’d never get to the bottom of, but the Lord has provided an island in the storm and suddenly it all seems possible. I would have got through it better if I had done as you said instead of fighting to force it all to happen myself! Thank you for next time.

  2. I have your book When You Don’t Know What To Pray and have been eyeing your book The Stress Cure. When You Don’t Know What To Pray is AMAZING and I’m not finished with the first chapter (I just got it yesterday). My To Do list is about to kill me and I think is what pushed me to buy your book on praying. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t looked you up on amazon yet but I will tonight…I think. It depends on when my 4 month old little bitty, Mason, goes to sleep and if he stays there! I have just recently decided to turn my own blog into a place where women can go to find great and inspiring material, posts and articles to help them through their daily walk with Christ.
    I would love to be able to share the posts from your blog and bits and pieces from your book there, with proper credit and a link back to here, if that would be okay.

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