Last week I spoke with you about your backpack of burdens. One of the stones that we lug around in our bag is fear. We fear tomorrow and we fail to live in the now. At this very moment you are safe. We are in the presence of the Lord and all is well. Oh, if we could only stay here with Him. We can, but being human we allow our minds to roam around in dark territory. We struggle with the “what if’s?” What if the doctor report is bad? What if my car breaks down and I don’t have the money to fix it again? What if my secret is found out? The “what if’s” keep our souls in turmoil and deny us the privilege of quietly resting beside the still waters. Our minds become tangled in a whirlpool of regret, anger, and/or fear. Yet, even then, we can choose to become still. We can allow ourselves to be led.
My problem is that I want to be in control. I think I know what should happen in any given situation. In darkness I stumble and hit my foot, yet still I continue to limp through life. I want to be the leader. What arrogance! Have you ever entered the valley, felt fear rising in your throat, and trudged ahead anyway? No map. No compass. Sure you could find your own way out. Never stopping and asking for directions.
You and I are so blessed. When enveloped in darkness, we have a guide, a shepherd who longs to lead us to safety. To light just ahead. To quiet, restful waters. To peace and stillness. Jesus extends his hand and says, “Come.” Will you reach out to Jesus; He’s reaching out to you.
Grasping his rescuing hand, Linda