My heart has been heavy all day with the keen awareness that we are all carrying something. Our loads are real and heavy. This journey is long. We grow weary from the strain.
Our legitimate concern gives birth to fear which can suck the courage and faith right out of us.
What are you worried about right now?
Those test results.
How to parent that child.
What they think.
Most of us know that anxiety and worry are not our friends. They are so often weapons of the Enemy. Yet, like a bad boyfriend we are sucked back in to the comfort they provide.
As unchecked worries infiltrate our hearts and minds, we start making emotional decisions--not based on Truth, but as a consequence of our fear. Wisdom takes a backseat to our panic.
This often quoted passage came to mind from Philippians and the fresh perspective of the Message translation was a powerful charge.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying,
Let petitions & praises shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God’s
wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come & settle
It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry
at the center of your life.
Phil. 4:6-7 The Message
What if we gave up worry and fear for Lent?
It is likely to be more challenging than
chocolate, facebook or Diet Coke.
It would be true sacrifice for many of us to 'give up' our pet fears. To surrender to God the idols of our hearts--the things we cling to more than Him and fear losing the most.
What would our thought lives look like if we really believed God was Sovereign?
That His heart was for us and that He could be trusted?
How might we be changed if we spent as much time pondering His words as we do our worst case scenario what ifs?
He died that we might live...really live. In freedom and in trust, not the bondage of worry and fear. Why is it so hard for us to embrace the reality of that gift?