Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The answer to worry

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I sit by the water’s edge at sunrise as bottlenose dolphins arc and dive just a few hundred feet in front of me.

So very much to be thankful for, and yet here I am wrestling with a disturbing situation that caught me so much by surprise, it seemed like a solar eclipse, now threatening  to block the  effect of sun rays this morning spilling across ebbing waters.

The dolphins circle back, and my eyes follow them.

That’s when I remember what she once said about how worship is the answer to worry―how when we make a practice of getting out of our own heads and focus on the One who really is the King of the World, anxiety begins to dissolve.

That’s where I’ve been today. In my own head. Anxious. Worrying. Even with all this beauty. 

So, I make a choice―a choice to worship.

A choice to live the current moment of rising sun in praise to the one who created all of this wonder, and I start to actually feel the warmth on my face, the hope of what only God can do. And I see, really see those gleaming sea creatures now cruising so close to where I am. Anxiety begins to fade.

In a couple of days, we light the candle of hope. As the flame flickers, I remember again worship is the answer to worry. If we are to have hope, we must worship.

Later, I would once more read the words of George MacDonald, the one who made such a difference in the life of C.S. Lewis,  “And the wind that blew from the sunrise made me hope in the God who had first breathed into my nostrils the breath of life; that He would at length so fill me with His breath, His mind, His Spirit, that I should think only His thoughts, and live His life, finding there in my own life, only glorified infinitely.”

Those words seemed to describe a life not vexed by solar eclipses.

A life . . .  lived in worship.

"Thank you! Everything in me says 'Thank you!' Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: 'Thank you!' Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength " (Psalm 138:1-3 The Message).

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Julie Garmon said...

Just beautiful, Beverly. You're speaking my language ❤️❤️❤️

Anonymous said...

So well said Bev. I find the same is true for me. When I come to prayer with a heart loaded down with worry, if I will first spend time meditating on the wonderful names of God, by the time I get to my petitions, the weight is so much lighter. You just can't worry when you're worshipping!
Many blessings to you!

Beverly Varnado said...

I've been thinking of you, lately, Julie, and pondering the amazing gift you have in bringing people together, and speaking deeply into their needs. I think God has much more of that for you in the future. I look forward to all that God has for you as we BOTH choose to worship not worry in the midst of all of our questions regarding our writing. You are such a blessing to me.

Beverly Varnado said...

Very good advice, Beth. Remembering who He really is can only bring me closer to Him. Amen to not being able to worry when you're worshiping. Blessings to you, too, dear one.

Lilyan West said...

Eloquent, Ann Voskamp like.

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