I’m starting to realize that anxiety comes in waves. At least mines does.
Just when I thought I’ve mastered the art of “being anxious for nothing”- a wave of the worries I thought I laid to rest, rise out of nowhere to crash the party.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know all about my recent vacation to Jamaica. From fruity drinks in coconuts to the bluest waters – this vacation was the epitome of “AS SEEN ON TV.”
But something weird happened before my vacay.
On the 4-hour car ride to the port of Miami- the anxiety wave came through to say hello. I texted M a long list of the things that suddenly began worrying me RIGHT. BEFORE. VACATION. It was the weirdest thing. And it literally came out of nowhere. I began bringing up things from the past, present, and future. Things I had absolutely NO control over.
Things I thought I have already given to God.
And I think that happens to the best of us. Just when we think we have faith the size of hormone filled mustard seeds – we lose our job or our boyfriend or ministry- and all of the sudden we’re worried about things that are completely out of our control.
Luke 12: 27-31 challenges us to consider the lilies:
27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.31 Instead, seek hise kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
The word worried in this passage comes from the word “strangled” or “choked”. And if we’re transparent- we’ve all been in a place where anxiety has made it hard to breathe freely and just live. But when we consider the lilles – we see they have perfected the art of simply being present and trusting God. No anxiety meds needed.
They are so confident that God will not make Himself out to be a liar when He says He will provide for all our needs according to His riches in glory per Phillipians 4:19. They are fulfilled knowing that Jesus is enough.
Dr. Tony Evans once said “If the lilies, who have no eternal value associated with them at all- are taken care of by our Heavenly Father on a daily basis- don’t you think he’ll take care of you too?”
Do what you can and leave the rest up to God.
Sending love and peace your way today,
HONESTY HOUR: What things do you struggle giving to God? Why is it hard to trust God's hand now- when things aren't going the way you've planned? Will you trust God is looking out for your best interest when He says "wait"? Think about the last time something devastating/detrimental happened to you. If you're reading this, it looks like God had even THAT under control. Blessings