I over-think all the wrong things. Of course, I don’t think you could ever over think or even reach the capacity of over thinking who God is and what God does to sinners that need His mercy. I don’t think you could even reach the capacity of over thinking about God’s love and forgiveness. But I over think the other things, the little things that don’t matter in the big scheme. I over think whether or not I’ll die tomorrow or in 80 years instead of just trusting God’s perfect plan for me. I over think my own faults instead of resting in God’s promise of forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
And I don’t like that about myself. I don’t like being an over thinker. I want to be more like Peter and walk out on the water. But I also understand that I’m also going to have that human weakness of seeing the winds and the waves around me like Peter did and start to sink.
There are things I would like to think about more like:
God’s Goodness – ‘He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of theLord.’ (Psalm 34:5)
God’s Abundant Mercy – ‘O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.’ (Psalm 136:1-4)
God’s Great Justice – ‘I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there isa time there for every purpose and for every work.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:17)
God’s Great Kindness – ‘And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.’ (Jonah 4: 2)
God’s Everlasting Love – ‘But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,’ (Psalm 103:17)
God’s Forgiveness and Plan of Adoption for Sinners – ‘For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.’ (Romans 5:6-10)
There can never be too much thinking about God and Who he is and Who I am in Him.
The things I do over think? Well I’m going to go through a week of those things ‘in pictures’, and you can all chuckle with me when I think about how small these things are in comparison to God’s grace, kindness, power, might, love, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. (Thank you Meghan for the Week in Review link-up!)
Ice Cream Cone in the mountains on Friday–
Emily’s thoughts – ‘Mmmm… Thank you Lord for soft serve. . .’
Then the mind takes the turn…. ‘Hmm… I wonder how many calories are in this. Oops I really didn’t eat very many veggies today. Should I be eating this ice cream cone. No, I can enjoy it. I don’t need to worry about enough veggies. Emily, just eat the ice cream cone and enjoy God’s goodness.’
Finishing a Barney Butter jar. – Thankfully these thoughts do not last very long, because I know that the Lord wants me to focus on good and lovely and true and right and good things, but I must confess that I still have that nagging thought of, ‘How many TBSP of nut butter are in this jar? Should I measure it? No I shouldn’t. That would not be healthy for my mental state.’
Toast on Saturday – ‘Should I eat more fruit? Well, I really like this combo, and I’m really craving it.’
In the end the Lord REALLY rescues me from these thoughts. I was running on Saturday, and I was so thankful for this Psalm in which the Psalmist cries out to the Lord asking Him to deliver him from his enemies. The Lord does deliver me from these thoughts, these enemies.
‘ Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.’ (Psalm 143:8)
Ok, now that you know some of those ‘over-thinking’ moments, I want to share some of the REALLY precious reminders that God is Good, His beauty is everywhere, and He is Awesome in all His works.
Being a ham with my dog. My husky teaches me to wonder at the things around me. He’s fluffy and furry. He gets a little ornery sometimes. But . . . I love him.
I think my little dog thinks that I’m a bit over the top, but I also think he’s pretty patient. 😀
I’ll just end it with this.
Psalm 23:1-4, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.’
Do you over think things?
What do you over think?