Thursday, March 26, 2020

Anxiety

Today I want to write a little bit about anxiety.  It is something we all deal with.  I deal with it myself, when I focus on how big this thing is we all deal with.  But then I think about God and how much bigger He is.  As I said the other day, our level of peace and anxiety are directly related to what we choose to dwell on.  All everyone can think of is the virus as it has altered the reality we all live in. 

The anxiety is pervasive as it is aggressive.  All we hear from most news sites is bad news and worst case scenarios.  All we think about is that how crazy someone is when they try to think positively or look at good news.  I wonder if this is how the other apostles felt when Peter stepped out to walk on the water.  A moment ago, they were all freaking out because of the storm, and now here goes Peter going to walk on the crazy wind-driven rough water. 

But Peter did walk on the water, at least for a little while.  Unfortunately, despite the miracle he was a part of, his focus again was shifted to the wind and the waves, he became scared, and he started to sink.  He came to his senses and cried out to Jesus, and Jesus pulled him and to safety and stopped the storm.

The message for us in what is going on today is simple.  We can choose to focus on what is going on all around us or we can choose to focus on Who is ultimately in control even of this storm.  We can walk on water in the peace in the faith that God will get us through if only we would believe and take the time to look to Him.  If we do, the news may get the best of us sometimes and we may begin to sink again.  If that happens, just shift your focus again and God will pick you up.  If you continue to focus on the waves, it will drag you down, if you cry out to God, He will lift you up.  Those are 2 absolute truths.  And that same God who picked you up will carry you through and when its purpose is complete, God will end this storm. 

Take heart and believe, God is in control. 

But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[fn] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  But when he saw that the wind was boisterous,he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.  Matthew 14:24-32 NKJV

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