How can we live in REST when facing situations where fretting and worrying feels warranted?
- What If my first-born son at three years old is labeled “severely speech delayed”?
- What If my nine-year-old daughter is “two grades below grade level” in reading?
- What If a close relationship seems irreconcilable?
- What If the economy shifts and we are faced with a job loss?
Don’t any of those topics justify worry on our part?
I believe that the story we tell ourselves has a huge affect on our lives. So I want our stories to focus on the truth of Jesus coming to set us free. He gives us promises. I lived through each of those What If scenarios. I took considerable time to worry and fret – in many ways making things worse. However, when I meditated on God’s promises of REST those hurdles were removed. And maybe they didn’t change over night just because of my change of mind, but my relaxing into God’s arms changed the filter in which I was viewing my life circumstances and in turn changed the story I was telling myself and others. I hope these verses give you a sense of your true position and REST.
Philippians 4:4 – 9
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in Him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
AND FOR THE TIMES WE CANNOT MUSTER UP THE COURAGE OR STRENGTH TO PRAY – WE HAVE THESE PROMISES:
Romans 8:26 – 30
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
What If doesn’t always have to lead down the road to negativity. What If I relax and trust God in every unfolding?
By the way…
- My three-year-old speech delayed son is now 12 and speaks ALOT and very clearly!
- My nine-year-old girl who is “two grades” behind in reading just produced her own newsletter!
- My relationship(s) that seemed irreconcilable have been miraculously redeemed and experiencing true healing.
- The economy has shifted and we are still employed.
GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST! PEACE AND GOODWILL TOWARD ALL MANKIND!