“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalms 55:22
Headache. Sore throat. Pain with every deep breath. COVID-19? Most certainly! Death? Imminent.
That was my reality this morning as I lay on the couch and wallow in my anxiety. My head was clouded and I could not think beyond the “symptoms” I was experiencing.
My husband insisted I get outside and go for a run. Reluctantly, I obliged.
After two miles in to running and listening to worship music, I realized the headache, sore throat, and pain with every breath was gone. It was a “miracle cure”.
As I began to pray, I asked God to speak to me, to help me hear from him. Then, as the Holy Spirit does in his super savvy way, he hit me over the head with this truth:
I will speak when you’re ready to listen. When your head and your heart are in the right place. And when you’re ready to give the worry to me. What is the purpose of speaking if you’re not ready to receive it.
My focus on myself, my anxiety, and the chaos and panic around me was keeping me from hearing from God. I could not get past my worry to trust in Him, or anything he had to say to me.
I had a choice to make. I could continue to focus on the chaos around me, and give in to my anxiety. Or, I could focus on the Lord, what he has done for me, and he what he will do. I can choose to trust him, even with my worry and anxiety. When I give my worry and anxiety to him, my mind is clear to hear from Him.
Friends, we are not designed to carry the burden of the chaos around us. We are not designed to carry the weight of the anxiety it is creating. But, thankfully our Almighty God is designed perfectly to carry that weight for us. Cast your burdens on him. It is your choice, and yours alone. What will you choose? He is waiting.