“The things that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by the words – ‘Come unto Me.’” (Oswald Chambers)
I’ve been thinking about this quote lately, especially as my head has been spinning ’round in circles, trying to keep track of the details of life ending in Iowa and beginning in Colorado. Find a part-time job, get a new car, buy a new phone, find a decent place to live on a poor grad school student budget. Pack up my life into boxes. Register for classes. Go to the eye doctor. Go to the dentist. And on and on and on it seems to go. And within all that spinning, what I really want is to just spend time dwelling with my family and friends. I want to spend time at the coffeeshop laughing with all my coworkers. I want to kiss my niece a thousand times.
But I have all these things I need to do and details I need to think about and my head is spinning.
But Chambers reminds me that the things that truly matter are few. And those things that do truly matter are answered by these three words: Come unto Me.
So I stop spinning and I come.
So I stop dwelling on the fact that I am moving in a month and have no permanent place to live and no part-time job and a hundred books and shoes and photos to put into boxes. I am simply trying to come. And when I do that, when I simply sit before Him, dwelling in the presence of my Abba, the world stops spinning. And He says, as He’s said a thousand times before, Hush, daughter. I have it all under control.
So I’m throwing out the typical Type A to-do lists and I’m refusing to worry about the details I can’t yet figure out. I’m coming to Him and basking in the sacredness of the present. Because when our worlds are spinning and our to-do lists are miles long, we must remember that the things that truly matter are few, and all they require is that we Come unto Him. That we open our hands and resolutely let go and deliberately commit all to Him. And when we do that, He will, without fail, work it all out for our good.
He has it all under control.