Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 12:25; Matthew 11:27-28
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word makes it glad. (Ps. 12:25, NIV)
Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28, NIV)
Last night at 10 pm I went to three different stores to find baby wipes. (Don't worry - we got some.) I probably did not need to go out at 10 pm to find baby wipes, but I found myself with this underlying drive to prepare. This is not the first time in the last two weeks that I've allowed anxiety to direct my next steps or emotions. The day we found out the kids were no longer go to be in school for 4 weeks...and then the next day it was pushed to 6 weeks... well, that was a chest-tightening moment for me that I had to verbally remind myself Jesus is still in control.
This morning as I've been Face-timing with friends around the country (social distancing is a new challenge for us extroverts, you know!) our verse in Psalms today was brought to mind. How true, that a kind or good word can turn your heart around, lift your spirits, give you hope? As I sat with this verse for a few minutes in between kids snacks and laundry, I felt the still, sweet voice of Jesus reminding me that He has kind words for me - for us - too. He beckons to us to come to Him, to give Him our anxieties that weigh us down and exchange them for His glorious rest.
I find that much of my anxiety is me trying to determine the future, and preparing for the worst. A mentor and professor of mine in college would say, "Anxiety is feeling the pain of the future that has not, and may not, ever happen." Well, shoot. I do that. All. The. Time. And as I look to Jesus' words, I see that not only does He ask us to come to Him for rest - but a verse before that, He tells us, "All things have been committed to me by my Father..." (Matt. 11:27) He knows it all, is in control of it all, and reminds us that He actually does know the future and we don't have to worry about trying to figure everything out for ourselves. Taking His words and His rest is better than allowing anxiety to continue to guide my next steps in the coming weeks.
Question to consider this week: How can I be a light in my community and circles of influence this week?
Action step: Write a note, email, or text to a friend or family member to encourage them, remind them that you're thinking about them, and praying for them. Ask if there is anything you can do for them (from afar) like ordering groceries or dropping off an extra roll of TP.
Prayer: Jesus, we are grateful for your love and faithfulness in caring for us. Lord, I confess that I do not know the future. I want to hand over my anxiety and worry to you. I trust that you are in control and receive your peace, and your rest. In Jesus' name, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)