Let this new life offering be your saving grace
Let this old life crumble, let it fade
I have had those song lyrics stuck in my head for a while now and, instinctively, I know that God is speaking to me through them. That is comforting to me. You see, I've been nervous about an upcoming doctor appointment, nervous to the point of tears. A little voice keeps hissing, "No one else is this anxious about a simple doctor appointment. What is wrong with you?"
How often do we fear the unknown? How often do we allow the enemy of our hearts to make us believe that we are the only ones who face that fear? A bit of truth, ladies and gents: You aren't the only one who has ever felt that way! There, I said it! Accepting that truth is at least a little bit freeing, right? Now let's apply God's truth to the situation. A verse that I read recently that has really stuck with me is Isaiah 41:10, "fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." The main part of that verse that has stuck with me is, "fear not for I am with you." God is with me always in the person of the Holy Spirit. Continue to repeat that to yourself until it truly sinks in. Once I become a follower of His, God never leaves my side! Oh be still my beating heart! The knowledge of His presence with me always is one of many unfathomable sources of comfort and joy in my life.
My joy level rises about ten-fold when I read Zephaniah 3:17 which says,
"The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but rejoice over you with singing."
He "will rejoice over me with singing." Wow! The God of all heaven and earth, of the entire universe (!) cares enough about little ol' me to rejoice over me with singing??
It almost sounds too good to be true.
Here's the thing: it's not.
You know that song I had stuck in my head earlier? I honestly believe that when songs like that, songs that speak to something I am experiencing, get stuck in my head, it is because He is speaking them over me and maybe even singing them over me.
If you're feeling bogged down by anxiety, first, please remember that you are not alone. Many of us struggle with fear and anxiety. God tells us in Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your hearts and your minds to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Go to Him with the prayer of your heart, whatever it may be. Lay it all out before Him. He is a God who cares deeply about His children. Ask Him to bring His perfect peace to the areas that need peace and healing to the areas that need healing.
Don't know what to pray?
The Holy Spirit is already interceding on your behalf (Romans 8:26-27)!