But I have a mighty good Father. In His compassion, He brought to mind a verse I had jotted down in the back of one of my journals: "In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." (Psalm 94:19)
Immediately I felt the burden being lifted as the Holy Spirit whispered, "You don't have to carry those burdens". All morning I kept thinking about that verse. I texted it to my husband and got an "amen". I posted it on Facebook with the hashtag "park your mind here". I wrote it out in my best penmanship and added a doodle while my daughter completed her math. Every time I read, typed, or wrote those words, the Lord revealed nuggets of truth to me.
In the multitude...I can handle a problem or two, relatively speaking. But a whole bunch of them? That's another story. Often it's the accumulation of troubles, even seemingly insignificant ones, that can cause me to become so overwhelmed that fear grips my heart and mind. A single snowflake wont cause your roof to collapse, but ten feet of snow sure will!
Of my anxieties... Not a multitude of problems or difficulties, but of anxieties. The difference between the two is where I park my mind. We all have problems; tis the nature of being alive. Some of you are truly facing problems of monumental size; problems so desperate that unless the Lord intervenes, it's not going to end well. But I've watched one friend who is struggling with a chronic, disabling disease have more peace and grace than another friend who had a flat tire on the way to work! That's not to make light of anyone's struggle, but it is say that we can give our problems more worth than they have.
Within me... Problems are external; anxiety is internal. When I "take in" all the bad stuff "out there", when I park my mind on it and dwell there, the anxiety builds. I'm not advocating that we take up the monastic life stye and live removed from the world. Yes, there's a lot - a lot - of bad news out there. But what I need to be in the habit of doing is to acknowledge it, pray over it, and leave it there. If the topic of most of my conversations is what's wrong with the world (or what's wrong in my world), it will continue to drag drown both my heart and my mind.
So what's the solution? How do we avoid an accumulation, or parking our minds in the wrong place, or internalizing our worries? The answer is "Your [the Lord's] comforts". The comfort of His promise, that He works all things together for my good. The comfort of his presence, that He will never leave or forsake me. The comfort of His power, that I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. It's a daily confession and surrender. I must choose to take him at His word; to know, believe, and walk in His truth. That He is who He says is: King of Kings and Lord of Lords; and that I am who He says I am: His child, a daughter of the King.
What anxieties are weighing you down today? Whether it's a simple struggle or a complicated crisis, I pray you find delight in the Lord's comforts.