A Season of Anxiety
Is anyone besides me feeling anxious with our daily news detailing the exploding financial disasters, Wall Street on a roller coaster, and with our politics heating to a fever pitch? Add any personal concerns and is it any wonder that anxiety overtakes me and fear grabs at my heart, a season of upheaval, disruption. At times like these I’m instructed and encouraged by the words of
O Lord, my heart is not proud,
nor do I have a haughty look.
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me.
Indeed I am composed and quiet,
like a young child carried by its mother;
I am content like the young child I carry.
O Israel, hope in the Lord now and forevermore!
The stock market is beyond me; even my one vote will not greatly affect the outcome of the election, and often personal issues are beyond my control. I think this Psalm encourages me to resist the prideful temptation to place myself in the center of my universe with an illusion of control. Rather let me choose to embrace the reality that my hope is not in the Dow nor in the outcome of the upcoming election. I will find quiet and peace for my soul only when I choose to curl up in the comfort of being God’s dear child and place my hope in Him, and not just now but forevermore. How quickly I forget as the news washes over me. How much I need to remember this Psalm, especially in these days. How I must choose to resist concerning myself with things that are beyond me, far beyond me.