Imagine yourself in the embrace of the Lord. Feel the warmth, the love, the acceptance, and the life emanating within and around you. Breathe a sigh of contentment.
Isaiah 35:4 Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God . . . he comes to save you.
And still I worry. Jesus says not to, and yet I do. God smiles and reaches out for me again. My Abba never wants me to falter out of fear that God doesn’t love me. God always loves. God is always present. Flaws and brokenness don’t diminish my value. I am loved just as I am. Still, I need a pep talk: Be strong! Fear nothing! God is here. I am encouraged to leave certain tendencies behind: negative self-talk, complaints, attitudes of entitlement, judgment, careless thinking, and food as a medicant. I can’t pour from an empty cup, nor can I serve others when I’m trapped in fear.
What is one thing that I can do to turn to God when I find myself worried, stressed, and fearful?
Jesus, give me confidence in you. At points, worry and fear consume me. During those moments when I am burdened, help me to notice you walking with me to give me strength.