Sometimes when we are (as I am) in the mess (and the stress!) of life, we (as I do) forget Who God is.
We might know in our heads that He is there always– but His promises get lost in our hearts. We are (as I am) easily distracted, fixing our eyes on the to-do lists, the goals, or the pressures of jobs and roles that weigh heavy on our shoulders. Many of us are (as I am) haphazardly busy– too busy looking down to look up. In task-tackling, to-do list checking mode just the other day, I stopped to breathe for just a moment– took a tired sip of my coffee. I went to tape something to a door– a simple thing– when I peered through the fog stained window. A steady mist permeated the air, and a delicate rainbow climbed the treeline into silver clouds.
When we pause to remember the character of God, we remember the steadfast truth of His promises in the midst of our crazy lives:
“‘But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze'” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
What promises of God’s to you cling to in life? What words do you write on your heart to help you through the hard days? Sometimes our days seem a sequence of tasks– how do you slow down? Focus on what’s important instead of what’s urgent? Please share with me. I want to collect a quiver of arrows to launch into the struggle of daily anxieties.