I overthink literally, not figuratively, everything. How I’m going to order my coffee at Starbucks, how it will go when I put gas in my car, what my friend meant when she didn’t add a “!” at the end of her text like she usually does, and worst of all, I overthink God’s plan and purpose for my life. I get so consumed with the what-if’s, the maybe’s and the “what will people think of me?” that I am in a constant battle with my thoughts.
Overthinking is ugly. It is a chain that needs to be broken. It is a burden that needs to be lifted. It is a tool the enemy uses to distract us from God’s will and take us from the peace of Jesus.
I’m always consumed with, “What if I’m wrong?” that I often do not do what I want to do, or need to do. Or, I overthink emotions so much, that I am often carrying false burdens around, wondering what I did wrong.
I fear mistakes. I fear hurting people. I fear making a decision that will derail God’s purpose for my life. But this is no way to live, especially being a woman of God.
He is the chain breaker, He is the burden bearer, and His promises are stronger and more powerful than the tools the enemy uses.
God’s understanding is unsearchable. His ways are higher than my ways. His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. There is so much peace in this. I am free to put my trust in the God who knows all things, because His unchanging word tells me that I have no cause for fear or worry.
I don’t have to overthink any situation because He has already done the thinking for me. He has already laid out the reality of my life; entertaining my unhealthy imagination is me trying to control my own life. I will miss out on life and His blessings for me if I’m consumed with the what-if’s.
I need not fear or overthink because God has the final say in my life. I am not powerful enough to derail His plan. And if I fail, I know God can use my mistakes for His purpose.
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” – Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV