The level of anxiety with which I live on a day-to-day basis has been bubbling toward the more-than-annoying point lately. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s time to adjust the medication levels. Maybe my diet is off-balance. Maybe there’s something bugging me and I don’t realize it yet. Maybe it’s just me being me.
Anyway, at this juncture I know that it’s not as simple as “just” praying or “just” realizing that I’m safe and that everything is okay. My mom reminded me recently that we all have things to battle, and this ill-defined fear and sense of unease is mine. If I’m not vigilant at guarding what goes into my mind, and therefore my heart, I’m toast. If I don’t take time to process a feeling or a situation, I’m sunk. If I start looking around, hoping to find satisfaction in “stuff,” I’m done.
So, I considered my next verse for this month’s SSMT 2013 carefully, and wound up with this:
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. – Romans 8:6 (NKJV)
Put another way:
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV)
I’m sure that you know this, but allowing the mind to be governed by the Spirit is no easy task. The other day I was freaking out about something (I can’t remember what) and I found myself actually saying, “But, God! You don’t understand!”
He did not strike me dead for such a statement, for He knows how deeply human I am. But that got me to pondering. When I go down the road of believing that God can’t or won’t understand, then I’ve taken a wild step off the cliff. I’ve jumped blindly into that pit of death.
I’d rather that not continue to be the pattern of my life, and so this spring I want to focus on what it means to live under the authority of God, and why choosing to do so (it is indeed a choice) leads to peace. To life. There is no safety, no joy, no breathing space to be found in living outside His loving boundaries.
Stepping outside those boundaries is easy, and it’s not always immediately noticeable. How many of us who claim the name “Christian” go through each day trapped by fear, anger, entitlement, the pursuit of power or wealth? At some point we have to acknowledge whatever it is that’s got a hold on us. Then we have to take another step – turning away from it.
A hard task.
But, after all, what did we celebrate yesterday? The Man who achieved victory over the grave! The Man who rose again! The Man who left His Spirit within us! Surely He will enable me to step out of anxiety’s chains, one day at a time.
Surely He will do the same for you, whatever the chains are.
8 thoughts on “A Theme for Spring”
KNOW that that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that God LOVES you VERY MUCH!
While prayer is not the answer ALONE; keep it a part of it.
Thank you for that reminder!
“But, God! You don’t understand!”
He did not strike me dead for such a statement…
Probably because God God wants us to wrestle with Him. We are never so engaged with another, including God, than when we are struggling with them over some difficult and challenging part of our lives.
I think you’re right.
And I love that passage, by the way. There’s something so…precious about God and Jacob tussling with each other.
I, too struggle with anxiety and depression and it’s a real battle! But in the last several months, the Lord has been faithful and gentle in helping me overcome numerous obstacles in my life as a result of a significant loss. I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that HE and ONLY HE is the one I trust with everything, including the wars in my head!
“HE and ONLY HE is the one I trust with everything, including the wars in my head!”
That’s one of the best statements I’ve ever read. I’m going to steal it!
This is so true Marie in regards to us holding the title of Christian. Do we cast our cares upon the Lord or do we bind them around our necks to the point of anxiety. Been there done that. It’s easier said than done I know but I am praying that you will see the fruit of your faith as you go forward with courage knowing God is more than able to supply, heal and aid.
God bless you dear sister in the Lord,
Thank you, Terra!