All day Saturday I had this scripture run through my mind. Constantly. So I thought I'd better take a look. Found in Proverbs 12:25..."Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but an encourageing word makes it glad."
As I thought about this in light of my problem, I could see the Holy Spirit showing me another lesson. I mentioned my trouble getting a hat crocheted just like the pattern I was using? Well, by Friday evening, as the stitches became tighter and tighter and the tears welled up in my eyes, I heard this Word as clear as glass. Anxiety was my problem! Really silly to be so uptight over yarn! So, again, I pulled it out and set it aside. I asked the Lord how many times I was going to go through this? No answer came.
Then by Sunday morning another line of words...stop, drop and roll. Sounds silly maybe, but from those three words came a deeper lesson in understanding what to do with the FIRE of Anxiety. You know the kind that burns deep inside of your gut? It leaves you weary and wondering; still with no good result. That was me...over a hat of all things!
God seems to use these lessons, word pictures to take me deeper into truth. I asked Him what to do with this? An answer came this morning. Pulling it all together and remembering how I felt being anxious. The first word was STOP. I found in a couple of different versions Psalm 46:10 saying, "Cease striving and know that I am God." So, let go and relax! "Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God..." This sure makes sense regardless of what the cause for anxiety is. Whether it's yarn projects or something really important, like a relationship that needs mending.
I will to stop whatever it is and take a few breaths and bring my thoughts back in line with what Jesus wants for me in that time. Even through this I am being made a vessel of honor and an instrument of worship. Maybe, that is how we are to look at life lessons?
The next word, DROP. For me, it means to drop to my knees and humble myself before God. Not later, when convenient, but while the flames are still trying to ravage me! Now! Quickly! I just have to give up the controls to God. I Peter 5:6-7 is a very strong word..."Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cared for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
Isn't that wonderful?! And all the time I was struggling He was watching. Pause, think about that. The lower I go the Higher I exalt Him.
The next word was ROLL. The first thing that came to my mind was from Proverbs 16:3..."Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed." Amen to that! I have tested this and it really works!
Today, what do you need to drop at His feet? Are you being still long enough to hear His directions? Have you really surrendered it all to Jesus? These questions were asked of me by the Lord today. I have been here before. This is the encourageing Word that will make our hearts glad once more.
Lastly, Galatians 5:16..."But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God)." In Jesus name, amen.
We will close for today and I pray this has been something that you will take and apply to your personal life. I so want to be changed by His Word! God bless you.
Abundance is...when the fire is extinguished