Be Anxious For Nothing

The musings of my heart on my way back from work today brought me to this gentle instruction. The word comes right in the midst of a raging storm of anxiety brought about by varying issues and challenges that almost very effortless kept peace at bay. Light at the end of a tunnel, joy in the morning after a night of weeping – those most certainly come to bear better meanings at such a time. I’m not sure it’s as bad as you’d think, however, circumstances we face have a way to making it feel like we are faced with the end of the world many a times. And so one might relate better when such a reminder of a command not to be anxious hits hard to settle the fuming dust. It’s quite interesting how a statement changes so much.

This command, as I have just come to understand, is very much embedded in faith. It is only natural that the human heart stresses, worries and is very actively in search of a solution to challenges. The heart just wants a solution without much care to details of repercussions.

Still, and more than ever, I’m very convinced that there is no situation that is beyond God’s control. And He not only encourages, but also commands that we not feel restless over anything. Listening to Mike Pilavachi this morning brought in more refreshing insight to how much difference it makes when we choose to look up to him, obey and trust Him through circumstances than when we try to do it by ourselves.

Mary approached Jesus seeking for help when wine was finished at the wedding in Canaan. Jesus responded in a seemingly uninterested manner. However, Mary simply looked at the servants and told them, “Do whatever he tells you to do.” The servants firmly took heed to her words when on several occasions, Jesus’ instructions seemed very illogical – fill a pot of wine with water, take a glass of that water to the master of occasion. It was in these simple moments of obedience that the miracle occurred. There was a choice, do as Jesus says or wear yourself out stressing how to get wine.

The fear and terror brought by the storm in which the disciples found themselves on their way across the sea greatly obstructed their vision of Jesus as he walked towards them on the sea. This is an example of what difficult and uncomfortable situations tend to do to us – keep us consumed enough with stress not to see the Savior. And that is why it takes conscious intent to look beyond the shadows and clouds of those circumstances and focus on Jesus. The same night of the storm we see Peter rising in faith to go after Jesus. Again the waves and circumstances did what they knew to do best – rage and threaten. Unfortunately, at a point Peter heeded to them. Then, and only then, did he began sinking. But it was never too late, for as soon as he cried out to Jesus, immediate help came.

It is really so strange how things, cares and circumstances of this world grow so stale and dim when viewed from the perspective of faith and trust in Jesus. Lack, disease, loneliness, failures, etc. become opportunities to trust God, opportunities to lean closer, trust dearly, hold on tighter, depend on deeper, believe in more convincingly. Choosing to trust and do as Jesus commands doesn’t necessarily mean we get what we want, the way we want it. What happens many at times is that those things just cease to be problems any longer. Sometimes we come to a shocking realization of how so little and insignificant things jerk our hearts to worry and depression.

I encourage you to heed the words of Mary and do whatever He asks you do. One of such is that you be anxious for nothing. Another is that we do not let our hearts be troubled, but instead cast our cares and burdens on Him because He cares. For like Peter, trusting is like reaching out to the hands ever so stretched out to save us while otherwise is sinking in depression and helplessness.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength – C. H. Spurgeon

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