If you are anything like me, then it is hard for you to “go with the flow”. Ninety-five percent of my stress or worry on a daily basis comes from me having a perfectly thought out plan, and my day/ month/ year goes absolutely nothing like I had imagined in my mind. I often find myself in so much trouble when it comes to expectantly waiting to see if God will just make my vision of my life happen instead of expectantly waiting to see the God of the universe do His thing without any of my help (which he so clearly did not need).
When it feels like nothing is going as planned or our lives do not look how we thought they would or when the stresses of this life come knocking on our door, it is always reassuring to know that we have someone strong and immovable on our side. When you just need something to hold on to, you don’t grab a fist full of grass or a pool noodle… you grab a tree or an anchor. We get frazzled or shaken and our first instinct is to either be overwhelmed and consumed with it, or we shove it away without dealing with the problem, just praying that it won’t resurface.
Ladies, let us hold fast to what is mighty and powerful but also gentle and compassionate, and there is no one else like that but our heavenly father. In Jerimiah 17:7-8 the LORD says
7. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
8. He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
God consistently reminds us in his word that we have nothing to be afraid or anxious about, but here we are living in a world where stress and anxiety are more common in people than ever and we have forgotten how to trust. Sometimes I feel like Martha in Luke chapter 10 when Jesus comes, and she is trying to get everything ready and stressing out that she is the only one doing anything. Jesus so plainly tells Martha that getting everything ready and being anxious about it, is not what matters. He just wants Martha to sit with him.
When we are anxious about life and the stresses of this world, are we sitting with Jesus? Are we getting on our knees and anchoring our body to the ground in prayer because we fully believe that God is capable of handling our lives? In Philippians 4:6 we are told
6. “do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
7. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We fear when we forget the peace that God offers. We forget the characteristics of the God who makes the world go around and keeps the planets exactly how they should be, and we think “no, it’s okay. I’ve got this” and we see our lives start to crumble because THAT IS NOT OUR JOB. Ladies, it is not our job to keep the world spinning or to put breath in our lungs or to keep everyone happy or to make everything seem perfect – it IS our job to hold fast to God who is the only firm and steady thing in this world and give everything to Him. Let’s not worry about the things that aren’t going to matter in five minutes or in five year because Jesus died on the cross so that our futures are fully secured and that IS a strong enough anchor.
Sarah Boeckman is an administrative assistant and digital artist for an engineering firm in Georgia. She is passionate about leading worship, orphan advocacy, and ministering to the hearts of teenage girls and loves iced coffee, cacti, and vinyl records. If you would like to keep up with her you can follow her instagram @sarah_boeckman or on Facebook as Sarah Boeckman.