Have you ever been in a situation where you don’t know what to do?
Yesterday I had to deal with an extremely frustrating situation. And no, I’m not talking about the fireworks!
While in the middle of the situation, I couldn’t seem to find any peace. I wasn’t sure if it was caused by the situation or the Venti Cold Brew coffee I had just downed from Starbucks. If I had to guess, it was probably a combination of both!
But honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I was sitting there with my work in front of me, but my mind was just a mess of confusing thoughts. I like to make sense of things, so that was a tough place for me to be in.
I decided to read over some verses from the Bible that had stood out to me in the last few days. The following ones hit me like a ton of bricks.
Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD! Praise him, you who serve the LORD, you who serve in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.
A lot of times, our first response to a difficult situation is to pray. We ask God to give us peace. Or we ask him to give us understanding. All of that is good. I tried that. But, it didn’t work.
Sometimes we can’t PRAY our way out, but we can PRAISE our way out.
When we choose to honor God in the midst of a difficult situation, it causes a few things to happen:
- It shifts our focus away from the situation and places it on God.
- It causes us to be grateful, realizing that there is goodness beyond the difficult circumstance we are facing.
- It creates space for God to reorder our thinking and our priorities.
Yesterday, in that moment of confusion, I decided to walk outside of the Starbucks and praise God for a bit. I was able to think through the decisions I needed to make and how to move forward.
Have you tried praising God lately?
Be blessed today!
P.S. One of the reasons I was able to get that verse that gave me clear direction was because I have a regular plan of reading the Bible and writing about it. I’ll be posting on this soon. Stay tuned!