You know those old Gumby toys? I used to love playing with those. My favorite thing to do was to wrap his arms and legs all around himself and pull him every which way. Today I feel like that Gumby. Stretched so thin and twisted up so hard that I feel like I am never going to get out of it. Sometimes in the midst of the craziness I stress on what the current problem is and forget to focus on God and turn to the scriptures where all my answers are. I am always being reminded of this passage in James. It was actually the first big passage I memorized when I was in 4th grade. Today I looked it up on Bible Gateway.com to just browse through the different translations and see how it was worded. I found this New International Readers Version and liked how it broke it down.
James: 1: 2-8 My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. 3 Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. 4 The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.
5 If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn't find fault.
6 But when you ask, you must believe. You must not doubt. People who doubt are like waves of the sea. The wind blows and tosses them around. 7 A man like that shouldn't expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 He can't make up his mind. He can never decide what to do.
Apparently I have been doubting because I definately feel like that last line and feel blown and tossed all over the place!!! Guess I need to fix that huh?!? ;)