As I was sitting in the airport reading my devotional on Thursday, it really hit home. It read this:
Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.
If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules: 1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there. 2) Remember the promise of my continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind. This mental discipline does not come easily, because you are accustomed to being god of your fantasies. However, the reality of my presence with you,now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.
I’ll admit it… I’m quite the worry wart at times. I’ll think about things that are coming up in the near future (such as where we are moving next) and then play out all of the different scenarios in my head that could possibly happen. I end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed out because it is all out of my control at that moment. So all I’m left with are my thoughts, doubts, and worry. When really there is already a plan set in place by God that works out just the way it should… and all that worry is for nothing. I need to practice what my devotional says and as soon as my mind starts to wonder about future things, I need to quickly bring myself back to the here and now and just give it all to God. I need to believe that he has this under control…Because HE DOES!!!
In order for change to take place, we have to first believe it is possible!