In recent months the media has encouraged all of us to become hyper-vigilant about our health. The term social distancing has developed as way to make certain we remain apart from one another. Our anxiety levels have increased in response to these things.
As we continue to isolate ourselves anxiety can turn to fear. Fear of what we can’t see. Fear of what is coming next. Fear for ourselves and fear for our loved ones. Fear about the economy, our jobs, homes, food supply. The list can be endless, if we allow it.
If we allow it. God created us with free will. WE CAN CHOOSE to not be anxious. We can choose to not be afraid. God created us to not be timid and fearful, but to “rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:28b) When we choose to follow Jesus, and to put the Lord God first in our lives, there is no room for the type of anxiety that rules over us.
When we seek God in thanksgiving for all that He has provided; when we ask for guidance and lay our burdens at His feet, He will pour a peace into us that is inexplicable. There is a certainty that He has a plan that is absolutely perfect. We don’t have to understand, but we don’t have to worry either. God is in control, all day, every day. He is awake, alert and aware of each of us. Nothing happens without His knowledge.
So what will we allow this week? Anxiety, irrational fear or God’s abiding peace? We each have the power to choose.
We will be meeting for Sunday service at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot. Please join us there or on facebook at 9:20 a.m. to hear Pastor Ann’s message! We will see you soon!