Anxiety strikes without warning. It’s like a little kid with a new squirt gun. Always hiding out and ready to aim-fire at the next opportunity! 40 million Americans struggle with prolonged anxiety. That’s a lot of uncanny squirt guns.
Tension lies between necessary stress keeping us from danger and spurring us to action and prolonged stress. A final exam, a job interview, illness, having a child, moving, losing someone you love, divorce or even a first date.
Fire will surround you, but will it consume you?
I am certain being a Christian does not guarantee a life without pain. In fact, it usually increases the odds. There is however, a secret advantage which I aim expose. There is a place of calm we can run to in the midst of the ugliest storms.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:8
The “stream” is the Living Water, or the Word of God that continually flows. If we are planted on Jesus as the source for hope, joy, strength, and wisdom, we will not cease to bring forth good things from our lives in any circumstance. If we try to expel nutrients from other people, work, money, social media or success we will soon dry up and have nothing to offer.
There is a place of calm where we can find refuge. In that place there is no fear of the future, there is no lack, there is no anxiety. Only a peace that passes all understanding and a joy that has been tempered to withstand the fiercest of fires.
Come, refresh. Choose to plant yourself by The Water today.