Monday, October 18, 2021
Looming Clouds Above,
Threatening Shadows Below.
Everywhere Trouble Awaits
For Minds Caught in Anxiety.
Cast Your Anxiety On Christ
See the Beauty!
Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Words of Grace For Today
DO NOT WORRY!
Which makes one focus all the more on one’s worries.
Cast all your you anxiety on Jesus!
Now that’s a great collection of words that can foundationally change one’s life for the better. For we know that anxiety drives one into a survival, pre-rational thought option pattern of responding to the world (or at least to one’s imagined threats in the world.)
Those choices are not that helpful in most situations, and the likelihood that we imagine a threat that is not real at all or at least not as threatening as we perceive it is … well … it is so likely we can say it is the standard for most of life. This fear based reactions to life makes us vulnerable to those many evil people who use fear in others to control them, to move them to make decisions not at all in their best interests, but to the advantage of the one controlling them! It’s sop for despotic political leaders taking and maintaining power; after all democracy (or any form thereof that responds to the public needs and best interests) is not very efficient, or preferential to those who have or want to have position, power, and privilege.
So to be able to cast away our anxieties, not declaring them unreal (even if most are) sets us free from being controlled by fear. Then we are able to proceed through our days, using our God-given brains to think clearly and make choices that will benefit those around us.
The latest examples are all those people who read the fake reports about vaccine dangers and decided to not get vaccinated, or to wait. So they did not get vaccinated. Now they populate the ICU’s and hospitals and after that drain on our too-limited health resources, they live the rest of their lives with health compromises no one would choose, unless the other choice is death by Covid suffocation.
After we’ve cast all our anxiety on Jesus, then we are able to give God praise and thanks.
What a life God offers us, a life that responds to reality, instead of fabricated fears used to control us, destabilize our lives and the community life around us, and eventually the national security of our country and many other countries in the world.