“ To trust God in the light is nothing,
but trust him in the dark –
that is faith.” C.H. Spurgeon
Where has your recent worry got you? How is continued anxiety contributing to the kind of person you wish to be? Why do you think attaching yourself to other things will help bring internal contentment?
We all have moments when our head is filled with thoughts that impact negatively on our spiritual life. Sarah Young in her book, Jesus Calling, reminds us that whatever occupies our mind most, becomes our god.
So what’s the solution for worry, distraction, anxiety, and false attachments? Simply, it is putting our trust in God. When our minds are filled with negative distractions we can redirect our thoughts toward God. Maybe we can visualize Jesus present with us and ask how he would have us redirect our thoughts. Look around at nature and give thanks for the abundance we are blessed with. Invite the Holy Spirit to move our thinking toward a learning experience. We may ask, “What is this feeling of worry trying to teach me about myself?” or, “How can I let go of an attachment that has created a false sense of security?” or, “How can I experience freedom in this moment?”
I recently saw this truth printed on a poster: Leave everything in God’s hands and eventually you’ll see God’s hands in everything.
When we can let go of our need to control outcomes we are trusting God in the dark. When we can accept that our worry or anxiety create useless gods within us, we are trusting God’s light in the darkness. When we can, rather than turning to things as our idols, allow God into that uncomfortable space and rest in his arms, we are trusting God to carry us through the darkness.
Notice when needless worry or attachment has taken over your thoughts. Gently invite God into that space and remind yourself who it is that’s in charge. Whether you feel God’s presence or simply know it, your faith grows every time you redirect your thoughts toward God.
Trusting God is not a one-shot experiment, it’s a moment- by -moment decision we make in order to live holier and healthier lives.