Saturday, May 3, 2014

Worry Is Distracting!

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Phil. 4:6) 

Anxious. Intriguing word. It literally means "to be divided" or "distracted." . . . 

We find a perfect illustration of this in the story of Mary and Martha recorded in Luke 10:38-42. Taking a minute to look into their little abode, we find that Martha, is distracted, anxious. Jesus is sitting down talking, and Mary is sitting at His feet, enjoying His presence, . . . and His teachings. But not Martha. She is busy back in the kitchen getting everything ready for a big meal. In good womanly fashion she is making everything match, everything fit, everything come out of the oven at just the right time. . . . 

But Jesus wanted her to come and sit down beside her sister and listen. It wasn't that He didn't appreciate her efforts. He just wanted her to serve a simple dish so they can make the most of their time together. . . . Her anxiety was distracting her from more important things. Worry always does that. 

Perfect Trust 

Anxiety has a way of really ruining our lives in ways that we would have a very difficult time grasping. If there's is anything that I do know about anxiety is that it does absolutely no good. One of the many things that it does is that it weakens our resolve in being able to trust wholeheartedly in God. It slowly, but surely, erodes our patience and confidence in God and in others. My dear friends. . . . 

Be anxious for nothing! 

Surrender ANY and ALL to God in prayer and ask Christian friends and family members to be able stand by your side during those times when you feel anxiety come upon you. Yes, life can and will be difficult sometimes. There will be moments when a "curve ball" will come out of nowhere and strike you out. It's easy to get consumed in our work because we worry about deadlines. I get it friends. I really do. Martha, while doing the honorable thing by tending to the things of the house to make things as comfortable for the visitors as possible, totally missed out on an opportunity to abide in Jesus' presence and enjoy the fellowship that Mary had enjoyed by spending as much quality time with Jesus as possible. My dear friends, DO NOT let anxiety (worry) rob you of what really matters in life! It would not be fair to you nor to them. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you not only surrender, but are freed from the clutches of anxiety (worry)! Give your cares to Him and He will deal with it! Remind yourself that your cares (concerns and worries) are His problem. Not yours. Always remember. . . . JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!. . . . :-).