Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From Duh to Aha!

Today's post in the a2z meme is letter "D"... 
     D Stands for "DUH!"

Does your mind ever wander? Mine does. It usually gets me into trouble, too. Because when I'm idle, that's when the enemy begins to pick at me. Bringing to mind many things that I would rather just leave alone. But what's worse, to me anyway, are the ridiculous conversations that pop into my mind, that aren't even real, that try to take control of my emotions. Some make me angry, some cause anxiety, some remind me of the divisions that some people have caused. And many remind me of how I let them... this is how the enemy keeps you intimidated and oppressed.

I was having those particular thoughts one day. They were starting to cause me a bit of anxiety and fear. But all of a sudden it dawned on me what was happening and I literally spoke out loud, "DUH!" It was as if the Lord spoke to me and gently revealed this: "I told you I would take care of it. You need to trust Me." Well, DUH again!

"The Lord knows the thoughts of man..." ~Psalm 94:11(a)

I instantly realized that I had been allowing the enemy to bring back into my mind things of my past and things that hadn't even happened. I was playing the "What If" game and I should have just said, "Lord, this bothers me and I know you are going to take care of it, so I'm giving it to You." 

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." ~Psalm 139:22-23

We often have to have a "Duh" moment before we can have an "AHA!" moment. For some of us (like me), we have to have several "Duh" moments before we realize that we are not capable of handling things on our own. When we realize that is when our "Aha!" moment arrives!

Mine was when I realized that I had forgotten to trust the Lord and began to worry how I was going to handle being around someone who usually causes me stress and anxiety. As I stepped into the shower to get ready for my outing, that's when it hit me. "Oh, Duh! I'm sorry Lord for not trusting you with this. I know you are going to take care of this situation and I apologize for not paying more attention. Help me to do better." Instantly, the anxiety and stress left, and I was able to enjoy the day...

Have you had any "Duh!" moments in your life?


retha said...

Just this afternoon I was wondering why is it so easy to have conversations in my head when I could rather talk to the LORD. My head-conversations even butts in when I'm talking to the LORD.
You are so right in what you have said.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Retha, don't you just hate that?! Mine distracts me so bad sometimes that I'm right in the middle of a "head-conversation" when I realize I've been distracted....DUH, again! I'm glad the Lord is patient with us, aren't you? ;]

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks for sharing. So much encouragement on the tour today!

Great Lakes Romances said...

You gave a whole new meaning to the word, "Duh!" I'm going to keep this in mind when skeletons start rattling around in my brain, taking me into dark scenarios or memories I need to leave in the past.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Great Lakes Romances...I find that those "skeletons" start to rattle around just about the time God is getting ready to do something awesome. It's a distraction tactic. (Speaking from experience) *Big eye roll* Don't fall for it! =D

Patty Wysong said...

I have a love-hate relationship with Duh moments. LoL. I get plenty of them too! *eye roll*

Shelley Wilburn said...

Patty, I'm having plenty of "Duh" moments today! LoL! *wink*

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