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Welcome to my NASCAR Racing Mind
I can drive myself NASCAR crazy worrying about things all day. Things that may be about my past, my present, and even my future. I have a mind that runs like a rabid dog toward the, “what ifs,” and “should of, could have, and would of.” Daily I ponder novella proportion fantasies regarding evil foreboding.
What is foreboding? It is just another word for worry. Like you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop whether everything is fine or not. It’s a grim view of life. It was acquired in childhood from a home with so much brokenness and a lifetime of abuse. However…
A Lesson in Truth
I was in my back yard observing the night sky. The cold blew against my skin. I looked for the little dipper, assessed the moon, and regarded the gusts that tore through the leaves of a massive tree. I immediately wondered in awe at the enormous size of the tree, and that it could literally fall and crush my whole house.
This tree is in my front yard just feet from my bedroom. It stands tall and intertwined with another. I stand boggled by its enormity.
But another puzzling thought is that I have lived in the home I have now for almost ten years and it still stands. So that means that through the rain the cold, the thunderstorms, the trampoline flying over the house, the lightening, and ice coating the branches it had every opportunity to fall. Yet, I have not worried once about that tree falling. Even though it could have. That understanding gave me peace and led me to a lesson on trust.
We worry so much about everything, but the God we have faith in kept that tree standing tall though I never once worried it would fall.
It’s funny how we justify worry. As if it is going to move the hand of God. As if it will accomplish apprehension of what we long for.
[Tweet “Let’s give worry a run for his money!”]
Instead of worrying about what we can’t control, let’s focus our mental images on all that we didn’t have to ask God for in all our years.
Ponder, over and over again, the ways in which He has worked in your life, and the suddenly of a faith walk’s surprises of grace, mercy, and love where we least expected it.
Let’s stand by submitting to God’s thoughts, and resisting worry.
Choose a memory verse from the ones below: (Let your choice wrap around each fearful thought and stand guard at the reception desk of your mind.)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22 NIV
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philipians 4:6-7 NIV
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