You know those moments, you’re totally fine and then all of a sudden you’re not! One random thought that leads you down a crazy rabbit trail—your heart begins to race, palms begin to sweat and your mood begins to change.
These moments often come on the heels of change or when we are tired.
Our minds become suspicious toward God and towards people. Our hearts become troubled and we feel out of control.
I wish I could say I don’t have these moments, but I do. I used to let them play all the way out and these moments would get the best of me.
However, I have learned how to navigate these moments, better.
Often times we think others don’t experience the same feelings we feel. That somehow they are ammune to anxious thoughts and troubled hearts. But that’s certainly not true.
So, now that we are clear that these moments will happen and try to creep in on us, let’s learn how to silence them and disarm their power and influence over us.
Isaiah 40 in the MSG says this:
“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”
I love that it opens up with a WHY question.
When we start going down the rabbit trail of thoughts and emotions, we need to:
1. Ask ourselves WHY?
Why am I thinking these things?
Why am I feeling this way?
These questions help us get straight to the root issue we are trying to navigate or work through.
2. Remind ourselves about who God is.
Immediately after the WHY question, the writer begins to state truth about who God is.
When our issue goes head to head with God’s truth, our perspective shifts immediately. (It should, if we believe it to be true.)
When we recognize why we are feeling a certain way and then remind ourselves who God is then we can:
When we feel tired, our souls become overwhelmed, our thoughts become weak and we often respond/ react in insecurity.
Rest is essential for peace of mind.
When we choose to rest and form a habit or working and resting, we are reminding ourselves that we do what only we can do and God will do what only He can do.
Rest reminds us that it’s a partnership and that God isn’t asking us to do this alone.
When we rest, we are saying NO to a life of uneasiness and YES to a life of peace.
When we rest, we don’t quit.
When we rest we say NO to pride and yes to HUMILITY, knowing we can’t do this on our own.
So, when you start to feel uneasy and your mind begins to race, don’t give in, but push through. Peace is not a desired dream, but a reality that you and I can walk in no matter the season.