Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
At some point this morning I awakened from one of the scariest stress dreams I can ever remember having (yeah, that’s where I’m living right now). I am not one of those who believes that fear is incompatible with faith. Fear is a healthy emotion, but not one by which we should be paralyzed. I choose, prayerfully, not to become subject to and victimized by my fears. It is not an easy feat.
This morning walking the dog, I needed to choose joy. I needed to calm my emotions and celebrate the incredible gift of a child celebrating another birthday, my Gayle adding another year to her measure, life, love, family, friendship, Grace. I needed to choose joy.
|Be encouraged, God has NOT forgotten you.|
Keep the faith, even when you really
must talk yourself off the ledge...
TWEET THIS ENCOURAGEMENT
As acutely as I can remember the menacing voice in my dream, I also clearly remember hearing Proverbs 3:5-6 in my spirit (yes, God, I remembered that is my Gayle’s favorite scripture. I also knew it was her birthday and that there are NO accidents in the Universe…all things, ALL things work together…). It calmed me, and I determined that this scripture would be my mantra for the day. When fear encroached, I offered praise. I was reminded that My Father in Heaven is wiser than me, and what might have been meant to destroy me, even thoughts of my own making, would be used to glorify the God I serve. I had nothing save faith upon which to base my optimism, except maybe some stubbornness (some days that has to be enough).
My stubbornness (my faith) was rewarded. Before nightfall I had two modest answers to one desperate prayer (Lord, Help) and the blessed assurance (again) that all I have ever needed, all that I might desire or imagine has already been provided by a Master Plan that predates me and the creation of the world.
So, while I will never be free of my fears, they will not paralyze me. I am not long their victim. Thought I may not always know what lies ahead, know this…He is my point of orientation. Facing the Throne of Grace, I always move in the right direction. And when my dreams frighten me, when I really must talk myself off the ledge, I concentrate on Him Whose Presence is Constant; Who Is From Everlasting to Everlasting; The Great I AM.
Stress will kill you if you let it. The terror of last night’s dream even now brings me to tears. My heart was heavy but I refused to cede my joy. Just hours later, I am weeping at the goodness of God, and the prayers I offered in weary fear He is answering even now. Weeping and hardship endure in their season, but joy comes.
Be encouraged, God has NOT forgotten you.