I have just worn myself out over a couple of hours by finding the number and then texting each person I could think of that would pass my house on the way to church. This was to find out if they could give me lift tomorrow. Every ‘no sorry’ or delay in response made me feel a bit more tired and stressed about it because given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I can’t walk there and my family who normally take me are away. Eventually I felt exacerbated and I said to God: ‘please give me a lift to church’ and almost immediately I got a message from the first person I had asked a few hours ago saying ‘yes’. I felt God gently say to me: ‘why didn’t you ask me earlier?’ I wondered this myself to be honest because when you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome energy is really valuable and I had been wasting mine striving to find a lift.
I just assumed that God knew I needed a lift to come worship him and so he would provide. Now God does know what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:8) but something I have learnt is that he likes us to ask for the big and small things we need! As it says in Luke 11:9 ‘ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.’ He wants us to ask in faith, believing and not doubting (James 1:6-7). God likes to give us good gifts when we ask him (Matthew 7:11)!
Anyway this incident has challenged me because the honest truth is I tried to sort out my lift in my human strength but God calls us to rely on him and to be guided by his spirit not by our own abilities and strength (Zechariah 4:6).
So my challenge to you is what do you need to ask God for and cease striving for today? It might be something small like a lift or something much bigger. As it says in the New American Standard Bible translation for Psalm 46:10: ‘Cease striving and know that I am God…’