Overcomplicating Jesus.

Yesterday, I was driving back to Nashville from Tifton. Along the way, I was surprised to see snow about 2 hours outside of Nashville.

It covered the ground in its snowy, white magic and the trees were dusted with a thin layer of white and it felt really magical.

But about 30 minutes into the snow, it became really foggy. The worst fog I’ve driven through in a long time. I couldn’t see more than 20-30 yards ahead of me. I started feeling a little worried. How long would this go on? Where did this come from and why now? What should I do?

And then I felt peace. I just needed to see what was right in front of me to keep going.

On my drive, I listened to a Jennie Allen podcast titled, “Don’t Overcomplicate Jesus.”

Well, as I do with many other areas in my life, I tend to overcomplicate Jesus and my faith. I read too much into what does or doesn’t happen. I get confused when people fight over what their interpretation of the Bible is. I feel anxious about the future and regretful of my past.

Jesus is asking you and me to stop making His love for us so complicated. God sent His one and only son to die on the cross for our sins. He beared the weight of the world and our sin. God gives us the gift of new and eternal life freely. No strings attached. All you have to do is surrender to Him and believe that Jesus really loves you so much that He died for you.

He loves us. He sets us free. He redeems our story. He is listening. He is crafting our future far better and brighter than we ever could have dreamed.

So in the midst of the fog, I’m grateful for the clarity of seeing just the next step ahead of me. That’s all we really need.

I won’t look to the right or left. I will look right in front of me. And I’ll trust You. Maybe if we were able to see too many steps ahead then we wouldn’t understand or we would panic. Or we would overcomplicate You.

Thanks for knowing better, Jesus.

xo,

msv

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