“I lift my eyes up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:1-2
Well, actually the trouble is with me, trying to take a Sabbath… The thing is, anxiety is no respecter of time off. However much I free my calendar of activities I can’t as easily free my mind of worrying thoughts.
Our family took 5 days in the mountains over our spring break (why there was no post last week) but I found myself unable to enjoy the quiet or the beauty or the freedom from chores and errands. My heart and mind were tied up in knots over things that couldn’t be solved (by me) in our life right now. And without the distraction of the busyness of life, I had to confront those things.
I went to the Lord pleading for help. I poured out my thoughts and doubts about the impossible situations we were (are) facing and how helpless I felt. I asked for more faith. Freedom from the anxiety plaguing me. And in the silence that followed my tears, I felt, or “heard” Him sing to my heart:
He’s got the whole world
In His hands
He’s got the whole wide world
In His hands…
And He added my name and my children’s names and my husband’s name to the refrain.
And my anxiety faded like nothing but mist. Sabbath! Rest!
And can I tell you something? One of those impossible situations resolved the day we got back. God took something that seemed terrible and turned it into a blessing for us!! Something I didn’t know we needed came to us out of it all that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Ashes into gold.
That is the God we serve, so boundless is His power and wisdom and love for us!
What worrying thoughts do you need to pour out and entrust to Him today?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT