Thursday, March 18, 2010

When Life Hurtles Towards Your Eyeballs in 3D

"Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin. Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Exodus 20:19-21, Joshua 1:9 NASB)

As the reality of life and my dwindling resources hurtle towards me, 3D glasses enhance the illusion of my depth perception.

Two lenses—mine and God’s—filter everything I see and feel.

The goofy 3D glasses of unemployment perch on my nose, trying to filter two polarizing viewpoints streaming towards my heart.

One eye fixates on my circumstances.

The other homes in on God.

The focal point of one lens? Uncertainty, anxiety and fear.

The other zeros in on who God says he is in my circumstances—Jehovah-Shalom, God is my peace.

I desire for this Job moment to pass quickly and my job moment to come to pass, even faster. Everything feels urgent. And here I am stuck in wait mode. The phone fails to ring, ring, draining my patience. When the phone rings, I jump. I hope to hear, “You’re hired,” releasing the lump in my throat, the constriction of my chest and anxiety radiating from my shoulders.

I need the filter of the light of God’s Word to block the fear streaming into my heart. How long will it take for the depth of my perception to rest in the assurance that God sees what I need and when I need it?

I desire a fearless trust in God.

Each time an emotional downer blurs my hopes for relief, I zoom in on God’s promises. I plead for God’s perspective to move my fears to my peripheral vision—outside the center of my gaze. 

My refuge in this blinding point in time? His Word. God's point of view pinpoints my line of sight on the confidence that Jehovah Palet, my Deliverer, is working behind the scenes to resolve my circumstances.

Jehovah-shalom focus my heart on your peace. Drown out my fears. Flood my home, my mind, my soul, and my heart with your peace. Set my mind on you, your words, your promises. Let your peace inhabit every cell of my being.

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