Stirring the worrying pot this morning. If you’re not worried, maybe you know someone who is.
The Bible says:
Be anxious for nothing. (Philippians 4:6)
Nothing. Such a big word. Only seven letters. Still big.
Who gets to use such big words? Voluminous. All-encompassing. (I’ve always liked that word: all-encompassing – emphasis on the ‘com’ — like a giant compass that covers it all. Like a parachute.)
Nothing is one of those words. A parachute-word that floats quietly to the ground, covering it all.
Who gets to use such big words like that?
He sees all things.
He loves all things.
He’s over all things. All. Like a parachute.
And because He does and holds me and all my little chicks and projects and issues together, He requires the same of me:
Sue, be anxious for Nothing.
(Such a big word.)
What about retirement? My health? My kids? (You know they don’t ask for advice very much now, Lord, what do You think about that?) (You do realize I have girls and they haven’t exactly been hit with the ugly stick, as Theresa likes to remind me–I want to remind you, I have girls.)
What about Mark? He’s not getting any younger, you know. What about the car and the garage and the cars that won’t fit in the garage – you know we have two garages, Lord and four cars. What about that? You can’t expect me not to be anxious about that? What do the neighbors think? You do care about the neighbors, right?
What about Vernon and Allison and Roger and Lori – Lori and Leonard want to move. You know that, right? We’ve been asking you for quite awhile now. Don’t you think I can be anxious about that?
It’s not even for me I’m asking–don’t those prayers get answered first? Isn’t that how You work it? And Vernon needs healing big time. What about Vernon?
Whatabout … what? Fill it in___________________
What will you say to a God and Father and Savior and Redeemer who calls you to take out the Whatabaouts and take on the Parachute word to cover them all?
Be anxious for Nothing.
Can you say,
Hey, I’m not worried. I’m not anxious about Anything. (Another parachute word, Anything.)
I can for about thirty seconds. I need to put it on my brain loop. Be anxious for Nothing. I may need to buy a parachute.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. . .
Everything was created through Him and for Him.
He existed before anything else,
and He holds all creation together. Colossians 1:15,17 NLT
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