I saw a picture of myself right before a race and I was so embarrassed of how I was captured on camera. I looked scared to death. My face was distorted and my fingers were clenched. I was looking outward with no real focus.
What if we had a camera following us around capturing our moments of fear and anxiety. Where would we be when that snapshot took place? What would we be doing. I hate what fear does to me. Most of the time running releases alot of my anxiety. During a race it is amazing how much I have, but all my fears are created by ME.
What fears are you allowing to swell in your life? Are they necessary?
Did you know that the Bible tells us more than 350 times to "Fear not". If God has to repeat himself that many times don't you think he is trying to get a point across? God knows that worry short circuits our relationship with him. Worry directs our focus on our problems and situation rather than on God and his position.
Think of London Fog. The kind of thick Fog in a Sherlock Holmes mystery. The kind of fog many of you witnessed this morning. This fog that prevents you from hardly seeing your hand in front of your face. Or described "As thick as Pea Soup".
However, While the physical fog that handicaps us may appear dense and heavy, we are told by scientists that a fog bank a hundred feet deep and covering 7 city blocks is composed of LESS than 1 8oz glass of water! This mist is divided into billions of droplets and ultimately does not carry much substance. Yet has the power to incapacitate us and bring a city to a standstill.
This Fog reminds me of our fear and anxiety. Our hearts and minds disperses the problem into millions and billions of fear droplets, blurring our vision of God.
Bringing our fears and anxiety to the Lord is often the last thing we think of when we are "spiritually fogged" in. God is the only one who has the power to disperse our fears and worry.
Do you feel like you have come to a fearful crawl unable to see Christ through your Fears? Take a look at the statisics below and see where your worry and concern are place!
What we worry about.
40% are things that will never happen
30% are about the past-which can't be changed
12% are about health-which gets WORSE with stress
8% are about real issues that can be solved
Proverbs 3:5-6"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths"
Philippians 4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.