Have you ever just needed to get away?
Your brain is full, your heart is drained, and you just need to spend some time alone with God, to recharge and refocus.
My last two days in the USA, before flying home, were spent doing just that.
I’d met with many people, most days being out from 8am until 11pm or later, and I was exhausted.
I’d talked and listened, I’d cried and smiled, and I was emotionally drained. Probably the hardest thing, the thing that was tying me up the most, was my worry. My worry seemed to grow as the days went by.
The more people I met, telling them we were moving over, the more it felt like I was committing to the impossible.
How could we afford this? What if I don’t get a visa? What if we run out of time to get organized? What am I doing!!?
As worry began to crowd me, I knew I just had to get away and spend time with God.
I pulled out a map, filled up the tank of my car, and started to drive. I asked God, what do you want me to do today? I felt Him say, “”drive to the top of the mountain and worship Me with all you have.”
That is what I did.
I drove and I worshiped.
My drive was full of ‘wow moments’, as I admired God’s creation.
Pulling over at one point to enjoy a view I found myself thinking, “God if you created all of this, from that little woodpecker over there, to these gigantic trees, and those magnificent mountains, you can look after me. Why am I worried, you are so powerful!”
I found myself thinking, I”m not going to worry anymore. I am free.
Then I had a funny thought. What if I acted free? What if i put my mouth where my thoughts were, and shouted “I am free.”
Like a contestant in a weight loss show, what if I just shouted what I was feeling…
There I stood, looking to the left, looking to the right… contemplating shouting- I am free.
I whispered it… “I am free.”
I looked around.
Then I shouted at the top of my lungs…. “I am free!”
A bizarre experience, but one that I highly recommend.
I often say I am free, but I rarely act like it.
John 8:36 says, “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.”
So… I’ve decided I’m going to act like it.
No more worry. If this is God’s will, He will make a way.
Thank you God for freedom, freedom from worry, freedom from a need to be in control.
If you are worried today, let it go, give it over, and accept that you are free indeed!
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