“A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.” Soren Kierkegaard
Sometimes, though, the possibilities we see don’t come from God. I believe that each neutral outcome can be both to His liking and also ours. But any others, ones that don’t seem to line up with the “good”, tend to cause worry.
“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (1 Timothy 5:23)
Wracking up points
All the worry I expended never went anywhere. Doesn’t mean I don’t still do it. But this pattern. This pattern of “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (Philippians 3:13)–the downsides to such–still tries to overwhelm me. What’s the one thought that diverts me off and on to the rails of worry and anxiety and fretting over things that are ultimately inconsequential? God knows.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” (Psalm 37:7-8)
All the worry in the world, when you’re a child of God, adds up to a bunch of smoke and mirrors. God, being the good father He is, allows us to see possibilities and potentialities that look like they’d pan out in the negative. With or without our help does this stuff look to derail. And if we don’t take necessary steps–out of common sense–it very well may. I’m not talking about lying down and doing nothing for its own sake. I’m talking about responding to the very-real worry that tries to get in. The stuff that’s never going to happen but we don’t know that. These are the thoughts that don’t belong in our head and heart.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
When the dust settles
I noticed a dust mite floating in the middle distance today. I focused my eyes upon it and watched it descend to the floor. This is something I’ve noticed ever since I’ve been noticing and yet today, something struck me. I realized that this is where God dwells. Anyone observing me would have thought I was looking at the floor or lost in thought. It wasn’t any of that. It was something happening at that instance that I alone got to observe. And I realized the place God dwells is without time. Without worry and without hurriedness, if that makes sense. That fleck of dust means less than nothing in the grand scheme of things. All the rush of activitiy that roiled around me didn’t do anything to affect it. And even I, with all that was going on, had no bearing on what it did. It just was and then it was gone. But God remains. At once, more still, and also more present than all of it. He’s here to help, share your worries with Him and watch Him whisk them away.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)