God is taking care of me. But I am resisting. I can release all my attachment to the outcome of situations in which I feel anxiety.
My children learned about “worry” yesterday at church. They were telling me all about it over dinner. Though I listened, I scoffed in my heart. I thought, “That doesn’t help at all! Thanks a lot, church!”. Then this afternoon, I realized I was making my situations and the outcome of my situations – into an idol, a god. Pretty crafty, Satan. Thanks a lot, fear!
This sort of thinking, feeling, and living does not serve God’s purpose for me or help me live the abundant life Jesus died to give to me. My message to the world is one of making it a more peaceful, joy-filled, abundant place. Worry and fear do not line up with my message.
IT’S WASTED ENERGY.
How can I vacuum away the negativity? Lots of ways! Gratitude. Words. Love (no fear). Prayer. Visualizing the good. Breathing deeply.
In the moment, I tend to think, “Nothing will help. Nothing can fix this or make me feel better.” But the truth is – there are COUNTLESS ways I can feel better, COUNTLESS paths I can take that WILL WORK. Forcing a path that won’t work will only compound and prolong my anxiety and suffering. God gives me so many options, so many choices. I do not have to stubbornly refuse comfort, peace, or rest. I do not have to stare my fears in the face. I do not even have to look at them. I can ignore them. I can rise above them. I can despise them. I can render them powerless. I can conquer all fear in the name of Jesus, by looking to Him, by speaking with Him, by following Him.
Death has no hold on me. Fear has no hold on me. Worry has no hold on me. This situation is not my god. God is my God. He gets my thoughts, my feelings, my energy. Not negative situations or people.