Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Where's the Off Switch

I am sitting here tonight wishing that I was sleepy. I have to get up and go to work in the morning and need to rest. The problem: I can't seem to locate the OFF switch to my thoughts tonight.

I noticed that a couple of other people commented on Facebook that they were having the same dilemma. So, I thought maybe it would help me to shut down if I expressed some of the things swirling around my head.

My heart seems to be heavy for all the heartache and sickness I see within my circle of friends lately. Almost every day brings news of someone going through a trial or facing challenges they didn't expect to face.

*The friend who lost her mother to illness two days before Christmas.

*Our friends who buried their father in the summer and had to bury their grandfather yesterday.

*Long time family friends who face uncertainty as their mom/sister/daughter/wife/grandmother begins her battle with glioblastoma.

*Our brother-in-law's hospitalized father.

*Family members who are fighting to have their young daughter be a part of their family despite efforts by others to keep her from them.

*Sweet young friend battling cancer for the third time in 2 years.

*Friends who face financial crisis.

*The toddler daughter of a friend hospitalized tonight after a routine surgery because recovery is not going well.

And that is the short list. Is it any wonder that my mind is racing and reeling? I know that I need to release the burden of these things and let Jesus take over. Ask anyone who knows me, though. I am a control freak, emphasis on the freak!

I would do well to remember the words of the Psalmist"

"My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me."