Have you ever felt lost or confused about life? I recently was. When I say lost, I mean you just feel like what you’re doing is pointless. Sometimes I’ve had the feeling that what I do is never enough. It sometimes seems that when I’m trying to achieve a goal, it is the most important thing ever. So, in order to achieve the goal I work really hard to acquire it and once I do, I see that there is something else I want or feel I need. It’s like a never-ending process! So why then am I working so hard? I went to school for five years and have a degree. I was so excited about this achievement until I started looking for jobs. Although I had a degree, it didn’t make the process easier for me to find a job. Then my mind went to me needing a Master’s degree. Well, then I started thinking about after getting that degree, would I be satisfied? I then would hopefully start my career, and then what? I would just hope to find some secure job that would let me stay with the company for years so I could retire and go back to not working. I thought to myself that this cannot be what life is about.
I’m sure some of you can relate. I was trying to find some deep meaning to all the madness. I think I was trying to get too deep. I decided to pray about these feelings and the Lord told me to read Ecclesiastes. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure that this was the best thing for me to read with one of the first statements being, “Everything is meaningless,” says the teacher, “completely meaningless!”(Ecclesiastes 1:2NLT)
Well, as I kept reading, I saw that the writer also said, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”(Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT). I understand that in life you may feel lost and like somethings are just pointless, but don’t let the enemy get you so down in your thoughts that you become depressed. Stop looking for some deep reason for everything and just enjoy the gift of life! Enjoy the wind blowing in your face, instead of complaining that it’s too windy. Put on some rain boots and go walking in the drizzle instead of rushing to get inside. Literally, stop and smell the roses! Even if you do none of the things suggested here, just take a moment to sit back and take in the everyday beauty of life and how complex and awesome everything around you is!
I believe God wants you to enjoy the works of His hands! He loves us all so very much and He does have a plan. At times it’s just hard to see it. So while you are waiting to understand, just enjoy the beauty of life. In due season, God will reveal to you your next move and where to go. Let’s not forget He did tell us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).
Thank You for speaking to me in my time of need. Thank You for reminding me that You are in control of everything and I can rest in knowing that. Thank You for the reminder for me to stop and enjoy all that You have given me. Please continue to help me rest in You and enjoy this thing called life. In doing so, I will be able to see all it has to offer me!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stop and smell the roses! When you feel lost and feel like your work is in vain, take a moment to stop and enjoy where you are. If you can really take time to think about it, you will see just how blessed you really are and how beautiful life is.
Misha White currently resides in Daphne, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, and daughter. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”