Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Anxiety and Other Illusions

The Power of the Elements - a 3D painting. Photo credit - pixabay.com
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)

(This week, I asked my daughter, Simonne, what she thought would be a good devotional for all of us. She decided to create something that would help her, and others who wrestle with anxiety daily. Enjoy!)

The Painting

I looked at the painting and felt as if I would fall into the hole. Yet, since people are standing on it, it must be solid. Anxiety is a lot like that. It makes life circumstances look really dangerous, even when they aren't. I have to remember that God keeps my feet steady and is always doing things for my good. That is what the truth is, but anxiety creates an illusion that that's not the case.The picture shows solid ground that doesn't look solid. You might think you will fall. You won't. But you won't really experience the solid ground unless you trust, keep walking, and find out for yourself: the ground really is solid.

Pixels


You can't believe your eyes. What we see isn't real. We only see a small part of the big picture. It's like if you enlarged a picture to the point that it just looks like pixels. If you studied it then, would it make any sense? That is how we see life, one pixel at a time. But God sees the whole picture. And he's the one making it. So we can trust him, even when it definitely does not look like it makes any sense, from our point of view.

 


The Basket


Sometimes we can't actually see God's plan. We see its shadow. The shadow is not a clear one, at all. We see a shadow, a 2D puzzling picture of lights and colors that doesn't make sense. We only see the light that bounces off the object and the shadows it makes, because of where we are standing as we look. God sees His plan, and sees how it all fits together, and makes sense, how it works for good (Jer. 29:11).


Every time anxiety starts to make something big and scary in my mind, I'm not going to give it any attention. It's just a distraction. The only thing to do with it is give it over to God, because if it is a real problem, then God can handle it.



Dear Father, Help us notice when anxiety is creating illusions. Help us to know they are not true and ignore these illusions. Please help us to remember the truth that you have told us. Teach us to follow you, unafraid.

Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Amazingly on time and appropriate for my journey right now. God knew I needed to be reminded of THIS important lesson. Thank you.

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  2. You're welcome, Denie. Isn't God just like that? Hope you know just how much he watches over you to provide exactly what you need as you need it. Praying for irrational peace in the face of the scary stuff.

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