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3.23.2020 – “Lord, how do I fight a wave of worry?”

Worry sometimes comes in like a “wave”…

Worry can sweep in and catch us off guard, and before we know it, we can find ourselves being “swept away” by that overwhelming thought –and before we know it, we can find ourselves being carried out to a sea of worrisome thoughts and fears.

I’ll admit, a little wave of worry hit me last night, unexpectedly. I was trying to fall asleep when a worry came to my mind, and I imagined that thought for a minute, which sent me into tears.

It was all before the Lord, so I was able to quickly take that thought captive and return to peace as I remembered my God… but something about the way it all happened caught my attention…

Something about the way that worry hit me like an unexpected wave….

Like when you’re walking along the beach and suddenly, before you know it, you’re up to your waist in water!

A wave like that can catch us off guard.

A wave like that can cause us to lose balance.

So this morning, I kept hearing this phrase…

“How to fight the worry….. How to fight the worry….”

So I thought maybe I should just ask the Lord that “question” and see what He says…

“Father, how do I best fight a “wave” of worry? How do I prepare myself for a wave that should come and try to sweep me off my feet?”

Then I heard this,

“Faith. Faith in My Word. Faith in My truth. Keep your mind on Me, and on My ways… train your brain, I have given you that authority!”

Then I looked over at my bible, open to Psalm 91….

I took notice of verse 2, and as I read this verse I felt this importance of “declaring” it:

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'”

Sure, worry can come at us like a wave… and a wave can catch us off guard, but when a wave of worry hits, if we have already trained our minds to stay on Him…remembering who He is, remembering His way, remembering His Word….. then we will not stumble and fall and be carried out to sea.

We will be able to stand, in faith.

So when that wave of worry comes, I can train my brain to respond with this:

“God says He doesn’t want me to worry, He doesn’t want me to be swept away with this this wave of worry.… in His word, Philippians 4:6-7 says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God, You say in Your word that I can trade this worry in…. I can send it back “out to sea!” ha ☺️and I can choose to be prayerful, and turn my heart toward You, and I can choose to remember the truth that You are my refuge and my fortress. You promise Your peace when I set my faith and my mind upon You. So, in faith, I set my mind on You, and I receive Your peace.

Thank You, Jesus.

-Heather 🌺

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