Do you fall apart like a two dollar suitcase when things in your life go awry? When bad mojo happens? When others are cruel? I used to collapse into a blubbering mess all the time. I am getting better, I’m not perfect and some things do still get under my skin but I have improved— Praise Jesus! This is what I do scripturally to keep my peace that Jesus freely has given to me.
First: I try to throw up a warning flag as soon I see a string of negative thoughts flying into my brain, trying to build a negative nest. Spotting the thoughts before they get a chance to roost is important.
Second: I think about Moses who had so many things happen to him and so many responsibilities (a few more than I have) and I remember what the Word says that he did when Stuff Happened. Hebrews 11: 27,28 … he (Moses) endured as seeing Him Who is invisible.
Wow, Moses looked at God. So that means, I too can look to my Heavenly Father who is invisible. How do you look to One who is invisible you ask? Well, I only need to think on my Heavenly Father and look around to see Him. I can step out side and see Him in His creation. The grass, the mountain, the flowers, the man walking by my house, my own body as I lift up my hand, the cloud filled sky, the rain, the loblolly pine tree growing in my courtyard… I know Him as Creator, I know He made all, I know he made me. Psalm 146:6 He is the creator of Heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that is: He keeps TRUTH forever.
Third: TRUTH! 2 Samuel 7:28 ..You are God and Your words are truth… I know His Words are true and if Moses endured by seeing the invisible Lord, so can I! Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. I can continue strong no matter what problems creep into my life or are thrown at me because I can see the Invisible God, I believe in His Word is Truth. I am His child, He is the branch and He is my VINE, my SUPPLIER (there’s another great teaching in vine/supplier). Therefore He CARES for me.
FOURTH: CARES! I am to, “Cast all my care upon Him: for He cares for me.” 1Peter 5: 7. How do I manage to cast my cares upon Him when everything around me is falling apart? Look at the preceding verse 1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may raise you up in due time. We know His Right Hand is Jesus and we are to be humble, “I can’t do this Lord but I know You can! And I know You will because You are for me and not against me!” Romans 8: 31.
So, when I am in the thick of things, I humble myself and sit down, literally I sit down. I make myself rest in Him. I get my bearings. I rest in Him who I see clearly through His creation and through His Living Word though He be invisible. I trust Him that He will take care of this mess and in time it will pass. I don’t have a heart attack, I don’t scream, I don’t turn into a crying mess, I humble myself before him and thank and praise Him for who He is. I say my praise and affirmations out loud so I can hear them and any devil that be near will hear them and flee! I do not get up until I am rested in Him, until I am no longer a nervous wreck, until all my thoughts are on Him, until my full trust is in Him that as I cast (throw) my cares on Him, He will take ‘care’ of them.
I encourage you to be strong oh child of God. If you happen to stumble during a trial know that you cannot fall far because … For I the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you. Isaiah 41: 13. I sometimes reach out my hand and squeeze tightly knowing he has a hold of me! The joy of the Lord is my strength! Nehemiah 8:10.
My prayer for you is that you Continue Strong in the Lord.
*** photo by SIMON MATZINGER UNSPLASH