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Thursday, January 16, 2014

What comes of a Worry Fast?

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
John 14:27 (NIV)

A flood of tears landed me on this shore. I am grateful that the hurt, the fear and the disruption sharpened my faith, deepened my devotion, driving me to my knees. I didn’t like it, but I am beginning to understand. The lessons are not over, but I am learning obedience instead of resistance.

I worry. I sweat details, ponder possibilities,  create contingency plans, and wonder “what if” far more than is necessary. It’s a bad habit and according to author Mike Ruffin,

There is a direct relationship between worry and quality of our own faith. 

Knowing better does not necessarily mean doing better, but I’m on the path to doing better. To declare that I would be free of worry in an instant would be both impractical and unrealistic, so, I undertook, just for one day, a Worry Fast. What’s that?? Here’s how I explained it…
When I felt worry and anxiety overwhelming me, I called it by its name and started praising God. I distracted my worried mind. I then promised to worry later, if necessary.

Here is my testimony. In every case, by the time it was time to worry, GOD HAD ALREADY MADE THE WAY. I cannot in an instant eliminate my inclination to worry, but I can add in praise. The peace that filled me cannot be explained. There is nothing useful about worry.  I am not dismissing the value of preparation, consideration, being prepared. HOWEVER, Sarah Young writing in Jesus Calling reminds us of the blessing of companionship with the Lord, which I found when I laid my anxiety down…
Leave outcomes up to Me. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me.

What comes of a worry fast? I was still and in worship while God moved. Instead of trying to make it work, I allowed God to be God, as I waited, expectantly, concentrating only on staying in step.  I took His Peace, instead of my own fear, and found joy. I want more of that. There is a beauty born of obedience that I did not know; I want more.

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