When my anxious thoughts multiply within in me, Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 56:3
Surrender, not really a favorite word is it? It definitely hasn’t been mine at times. The Lord has been so lovingly faithful to point me to areas in my life that I was still “white knuckle” gripping my own ideas and plans. He teaches me daily that He is the only true need in my life. It is freeing to understand that. Freeing to know that He is in total control and working in a situation that I cannot see the other side of or a way out of. He is holding me. I am steadfast only because of His strength in me.
What are my worries? Well, I am a mom and worrying seems to come natural for me. When my kiddos were babies, I worried that they would catch a disease or sickness that I would miss and not get them to the doctor soon enough. When they reached school age, I worried if they had enough Biblical foundation to withstand peer pressure. During their College years, I wondered if they would they be a light shining truth in the darkness. Would they be able to stand firm amid the college life? When they become parents, will they lead their children closer to the Lord or further way? My heart for my grandbabies having a personal relationship with Jesus beats loud and hard!
I also worried about finances. Would I be able to provide for my family, pay for college, pay the bills in general…. the list goes on. My stomach wants to knot up just writing this!
With worry came anxiety, sleepless nights, and fear. Fear that woke me from a deep sleep causing me to begin my list of “what ifs”. Ladies, I have been here on many occasions, and in all honesty, will most likely be here again.
So how can I surrender? How can you surrender? Where is the hope in the craziness of it all? We DO NOT have to worry, be anxious or fear when we stand in the presence of the One who loved us enough to die for us. Jesus faced fear and anxiety that none of us will ever be able to comprehend. On the night of His coming arrest which would lead to His death, He didn’t make a list or jump in a huddle with His apostles to create workable scenarios. He went straight to the Father. With all His emotion, He went to His Father, our Father. This is one of the most vivid things for me to hold on to when I feel myself running to the place of fear. The only peace I will get is from Him; my plans lead only to more strife and anxiety. SEEK HIM precious ones.
I made myself a list of Scriptures that has become my reminder of Who keeps and sustains me, even in the deepest places that try to steal my joy.
Here are some of those verses:
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayers. Psalm 4:1
Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe in me also. John 14:1
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives to you do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
There are many more that I have hidden in my heart and many more that I still long to seek. These are a great start when we struggle with worry and anxiety.
1. Worry is something we all face. What do you do to change that worry mindset to a seek the Lord mindset?
2. Share a time of deliverance from the Lord in a season of worry in your life?
3. What Bible verses speak to you about fear, worry or anxiety?