If you're like me, you probably have a "to do" list somewhere nearby. It may not necessarily be written down on paper, but maybe somewhere in the back of your mind is a list of all the things you hope to get done today or sometime soon. I've found that we can get so busy in our minds thinking of all things we have to do that it overwhelms us and zaps our energy! We aren't even able to think of anything else! Sometimes our "to do" list, though full of good intentions, can actually distract us and keep us from God's best.
God wants us to live in balance. In life, everything doesn't happen all at once. All of our dreams, desires and goals aren't fulfilled instantly; it happens a little bit at a time. You grow one step at a time. You increase little by little. You strengthen your marriage a little bit at a time. You lose weight gradually over time. You get healthy one choice at a time. You pay your debt off a little at a time.
Scripture tells us that "with God, all things are possible;" but notice that it doesn't say, "With God, everything happens instantaneously." Yes, we do serve a God of miracles. We should look for Him to act on our behalf, but we should also do our part to be faithful. Proverbs 12:24 says, "The hand of the diligent will rule." Hebrews 6:12 says that "through faith AND patience, we inherit His promises."
Today, I just feel like God is saying to all of us, "Learn balance. Learn to rest your mind. Get into the peace of God." The only step you have to focus on in life is the next one. Let Him lead and guide you in the way you should go. You don't have to figure everything out today; you just have to take that next step. You just have to start making that little adjustment.
Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by what you know you need to do in life. Just start doing a little bit at a time because before you know it, you will see those dreams and desires come to pass in every area of your life!
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).