This last week, for me, has been a challenging, emotional week. I let myself get caught up in the news. From the political scene to the police shooting in Kenosha, WI to the protesters being killed to people continually being infected with COVID to the hurricane in Louisiana, I was glued to my news feed, praying as I read. Yet all the while, I kept wondering “What can I do? What is going on in this world, Lord Jesus?”
While there is nothing wrong with staying informed about news and events in the world, as a highly sensitive person, I could feel my body and soul getting heavier and heavier.
Has that happened to you? The more you ingest of the world issues, the heavier it is on your very being.
What do you do?
The scriptures remind me of ways I can be praying and focusing when I don’t know what to do.
In Psalm 62, King David writes of what he realized he needed to do when faced with all the enemies of the warring countries that were coming against him.
I am standing in absolute stillness, silent before the One I love,
Waiting as long as it takes for Him to rescue me.
Only God is my Savior, and He will not fail me.
For He alone is my safe place.
His wrap-around presence always protects me
as my champion defender.
There’s no risk of failure with God!
So why would I let worry paralyze me,
even when troubles multiply around me? Psalm 62:5-6 TPT
By taking the time to sit with God, you can let Him settle your heart and pour out everything that is unsettling to you in the moment.
How do you sit with Jesus?
I like imagining that I am sitting at the feet of Jesus, as Mary did at Martha’s house in Luke 10:42. I see Him looking at me with loving eyes and listening with attentive ears.
For me, I pour out my angst over all that is going on in the world and am able to leave it with Him. In return, my soul settles and I gain a peace and hope I didn’t have previously. I am also realizing I need to read less of my news feed. Jesus is continually reminding me He’s got things covered.
How do you let go?
Psalm 62 goes on:
God said to me once and for all,
“All the strength and power you need flows from Me..
All the love you need is found in me!”
And it’s true that you repay people for what they do. Psalm 62:11-12 TPT
By sitting in scripture and giving your thoughts, emotions and prayers to God, you can surrender everything to Him. I am reminded that God is sovereign, in control of what is going on in the world around me and I am not, which takes the weight off my shoulders.
What is your next step?
Whatever you are facing or is troubling you, you can then ask Him,
What is my next step or responsibility with the gifts and skills that You have given me?
As a culture, I think, we like to be helpers and doers. God is always at work so you can ask Him where you can join Him. As lovers of Jesus, I do think we have light we can share and that is “doing” something.
For me, God is reminding me that my “doing” is sharing with you to come to Him, sit at the feet of Jesus and bring the weight on your shoulders to Him. He wants to carry it for you. Then together you and God can face the world. I would also love to walk with you and pray for you. Reply to this email and let me know how I can be praying for you and your family.
His wrap-around presence always protects us as our champion defender.
What is better than that?
Hope and trust in the One who loves us so much!
Nancy Booth wants to create safe spaces for you, helping you find ways to have two-way conversations with God. She loves encouraging you to look for ways He is at work. Nancy is a spiritual director and writer. She would love to accompany you on your journey of discovery to hear and see more of the God who delights in you. Peace, hope and freedom could be yours Contact her today.