I have a propensity to worry…it quite often is what causes me to write these posts at 2 or 3 in the morning. And my natural curious nature doesn’t always help alleviate my worries. I gravitate to reading the obituariaries and stories about accidents and traumas. I worked in Medical Records for 18 years in 4 different hospitals and I have read about all sorts medical disasters. One of my favorite board games is “Worst Case Scenario.” All this background and of mine tend…s to expand my already expansive imagination about the “what ifs” of life. A wise counselor of mine that was trying to help me get over my fear flying told me to stop reading all the articles in the paper about airplanes with engine failures etc, because it was fueling my fears. It really caught my attention. She told me everytime I read articles like that I was retraumatizing myself.
What about you friend? What do you read about that perpetuates your fears and expands your repetoire of fearful possibilities?
Pauls were so wise, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-10
Peace is not going to come through rehearsing the “ick” of our lives or the “ick” of others lives. It is going to come by reminding ourselves over and over again of God’s faithfulness to look after us, provide for us and walk with us on the ugliest and most painful days of our lives. He has not walked off the job and He never will.
And all though there are people in this world that are not noble or lovely or admirable and they hurt us…those individuals are not bigger than God. The hurt they inflict on us does not need to define us or dictate our future, however, those individuals quite often are the ones that the Lord uses to make us drop to our knees in dependence on Him.
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” Psalm 34:18,19