For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling a lot of stress and anxiety lately. I’m not sure that I have much more going on than I always have before, but the weight of deadlines and expectations–even just basic responsibilities–has felt more overwhelming than at any other time of my life.
I ask myself why I don’t seem to be handling the stress as well anymore, but I just don’t know. A couple recent speaking “engagements” (That word sounds far too formal.)–one now over and one still looming heavy on my mind–have certainly been the cause of some added (but not regretted) stress. I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in this way, though the process of preparation has been one replete with growing pains (for which I am thankful).
I realize that worry and anxiety are not fruitful ways to deal with the pressures of life. I know that God tells us to cast our cares on Him (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7); so I’ve been attempting to do that through prayer and confession.
As I sat before the Lord yesterday, I told Him all about my cares, I thanked Him for His promises, and then I asked Him, “And what would You say to me?” Now, I’m not very good at listening when I pray–and I even told Him that–but I felt the need to be still and quiet before Him. As I did, poetic lines full of God’s truths began filling my heart and speaking to me in such a way that I knew they must have been inspired by Him.
I’m not a poet, but the writer in me couldn’t resist the opportunity to let these lines flow from my heart and onto the page. May you be encouraged by these words as I have been.
I Have Not a Care
My God, You are with me. I have not a care.
Because Your word tells me You will always be there.
Through trials, temptations, troubles, and tears,
Your word will guide me. Of what shall I fear?
Your word tells me to cast my cares on You.
Your yolk is easy, Your promises true.
No place can I go where You are not there.
The omnipotent God, the Almighty, is near.
I trust You, I trust You, I trust You. I do!
Dear God, help me trust You each morning anew.
For where can I flee from Your presence divine?
I am Yours, this I know. And God, Thou art mine.
My Savior, my Counselor, Redeemer, and Friend.
My Guide by my side, evermore to the End.
I need You, I need You, I need You. I do!
Dear God, help me need you each morning anew.
For where can I go that You are not there?
You’re with me, within me. I have not a care.
Not one of my worries a legitimate thought,
For Your word says worry is all for naught.
You have a promise, and I choose to believe.
You promise that all I need, I’ll receive.
I seek You, I seek You, I seek You. I do!
Dear God, help me seek You each morning anew.
For You are my dawn and the Giver of Light.
I’ll find You when I seek You with all of my might.