“You will be protected and take your rest in safety.” (Job 11:18)
We humans spend a lot of time, and a lot of conscious thought, worrying about things. It almost becomes second nature to have something to worry about. We would never think of leaving the house without our keys, our money, and something for which to worry ourselves. After all, if we got bored with the people we were with, we would still have our worries to keep us occupied. But Jesus is very specific in telling us not to worry. Look at the lilies in the field, the birds in the air. And when you stop to think about it, the time we spend worrying could be used to much better use.
Think of all the things God has done for you and without your conscious awareness. You have been protected, you have been watched over, prayed over, loved over. What can worry do for you anyway, except perhaps use up your valuable present moments for no real reason? Worry robs you of the now. It robs you of the love of God working in your life at this very moment.
It is easy to say we should not worry, for most of us have much going on in our lives and all too often we are unsure of the pending outcomes. But, perhaps there is one thing we can do when thoughts of worry begin to overtake us. That is to stop, move our conscious thinking away from the worry and on to the realization that God is still right where we are. Our minds can only focus on one thing at a time, so why not place that focus on the presence of God? God’s arms are wrapped around you. See that, focus on that, instead of “what might,” “what could,” or “what if?” Move your thoughts to affirming the resurrected Spirit of the Christ that is with you in all of Its perfection and glory.
Did you give up worry for Lent? If not, why not start right now? It’s never too late.
Affirmation: “I trust you God, so I have the assurance that all is well.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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