We made it.
It’s been a hard week. And even if you haven’t been scouring the headlines, maybe your own life — under your own two feet — has been a real doozy.
I’ve heard you this week. I’ve heard how your hearts are burdened by what you’re facing, and by what you fear will happen.
There are miles of what-ifs that are the kindling for our fears — and you can find them on your Facebook news feed. Or maybe in your own life. What if’s like:
What if my child gets hurt?
What if this afternoon’s list of layoffs includes my name?
What if hoped-for love never comes?
What if all hell breaks loose?
What if the lump is cancerous?
What if I fail?
What if I can’t make it through tomorrow? And what if tomorrow never comes?
Worry is a criminal,
a thief of joy.
John Ortberg once said that “one of the most powerful ways to stop the spiral of worry is simply to disclose my worry to a friend… The simple act of reassurance from another human being [becomes] a tool of the Spirit to cast out fear — because peace and fear are both contagious.”
What worries you today? Can you disclose it to a friend? In the comments, can we pray together?
Help us replace our what-ifs … with what IS.
Help us worship more, and worry less. Worry is the weapon of the enemy. And the weapon against worry is worship.
Help us anticipate the best, Lord. Help us to see our fear as an open invitation to pray, instead of fret.
Help us, Lord, to remember that worry is the work of the deceiver, and redemption is the work of the cross.
You are reconciling all things to Yourself.
Help us, Lord, to refuse to let tomorrow’s worry steal today’s joy. Help us remember that so much of our worry is a fiction of events that will never, ever happen.
And yes, some of our worst worries do come to pass. We are not naive to the pain of tragedy. We’ve seen it in our Facebook feeds, our TV screens, … and in our own lives.
But so many of our worst fears never come to pass. Help us to dwell in our nows. And help us to remember what Your Son said: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
Help us do the hard work of reversing our worry, turning it into worship — stubborn worship that demands to praise You, no matter what befalls us.
Help us, Lord, to remember what the Israelites did: They set up stones. They remembered what You had already done, … and those stones can always remind us where You already ARE — above all things.
I want to remember that whatever lies ahead, You are already there. And You don’t wait for me on the other side of this day, but You are walking all the way there beside me.
You have not abandoned your people.
You have not abandoned me.
Hold us close, dear Father.
Thy Kingdom Come.