Stress and worry are something most of us are intimately familiar with. Whether it’s because we are moms worrying about our little ones being safe, or hard at work to provide for our families, or dealing with a sickness of unhealthy in the family – most of us have something to ring our hands and panic about – if we allow ourselves to.
Ann Voskamp asks, “are stress and worry evidences of a soul too lazy, too undisciplined, to keep gaze fixed on God? To stay in love with him?” When I read the words, the question stopped me in my tracks. Of course they are! Of course if we just stop and ask God to remove our worry, replace it with faith; remove our stress, replace it with rest in Him – He will be faithful to do so.
He is faithful, and He is the peace-giver. We know this. When we stress and worry, we are making a choice not to cry out to God to replace those emotions with a confident faith in Him. Why is it so hard for us to remain amazed by His ability to lead and love us?
We forget. We forget to keep our eyes on Him, and we forget to ask.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. | Hebrews 12:2
Lord, help us keep our eyes on you the stress-remover, the soul-comforter, the worry-killer. Fill us with peace, with confidence in you, and help us rest in the all-powerful savior.