The other day I was looking up punch recipes for a baby shower when suddenly my computer became contaminated with a virus!  After scanning the computer we felt it was best to just install a new box I already had in the office.

I got the box installed and began to install the programs I would need for my job.  The ONE program I really needed would not come up.  I tried and I tried, but to no avail, it would not work.

I came to one of those moments where I wanted to scream!  My frustration had reached an all-time high for the day.  In my frustration I said aloud, “God, please help this program to work this time!” I pushed the button, and…it began to work.

I sat frozen at my computer as God began to speak to me.  I felt oh so small in that moment.  Why had I waited until the frustration had built to call on Him?

Yet God reminded me in that moment of a blessed truth…

Whenever I call on His name, He hears me, and He answers

Yet, had his name been the first name that I had called, I would have saved myself all of that frustration.

Isn’t that how it is in the bigger messes of life?

We find ourselves trying to figure out the solutions to the problem before we ever talk to God about it.   Whether it’s a job change, a sickness, a relationship problem, loneliness, financial issues…we wake in the night perspiring with this weight sitting in the front of our minds.

God wants us to come to Him  first with all of our needs.  No matter how big or how small.  We don’t have to lie in bed unable to sleep, or going through our day like a robot because our minds are a thousand miles away still trying to work it all out.

We simply must learn to lay every need at His feet as they come.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

I was so thankful God reminded me sitting at my computer that He hears me when I call.  He is just waiting for me to talk to Him about my every need.  He has the answer and He will meet all of my needs in His time and in His way.  I don’t have to doubt, I just have to trust Him with everything in my life.  No need is to small or too great to bring to my wonderful Lord.

Cast all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you.  I Peter 5:7

God cares about every part of our lives.  He longs for us to talk to Him just like we talk to our spouse or girlfriends or our mothers.  I feel such a peace after I pour my heart out to God.  He lifts the burden and tells me, “My daughter I love you and I know your need before it comes your way.  I have the answer, so just trust Me.” Relief then floods my soul as the weight lifts from my shoulders and falls into the arms of Jesus.

Right now whatever you are carrying, lay it down at the feet of Jesus.  May you and I remember in the time of need to let Jesus be the first name we call.

I love the Christy Nockels song, Let It Be Jesus…

Let it be Jesus, the first name that I call

Let it be Jesus, my song inside the storm

I’ll never need another…

May that be our prayer today.  Perhaps right now you need to stop what you’re doing and go talk to God, as I did at my computer.

Read Matthew 6:25-34

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