Yesterday, in the church I was visiting, we sang “Everything and Nothing Less”, by Chris McClarney. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwigGh11x-Q
The words hit home because the night before, I lay in bed struggling to surrender my worries. Ever been there? Of course you have.
It seems to me, and this is not very profound, that when I am especially tired, worry haunts me. It comes like a thief in the night robbing me of sleep. Jesus’ thought provoking question convicts me to the core, “Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Or for that matter, a single hour of sleep?) (Matthew 6:27). His question is so simple yet so profound.
As I lay awake the other night, wrestling with Jesus” question, I pulled out the tools I’ve used many times before in my journey to surrender worry.
- Praise. When I praise God for His goodness, love and faithfulness, my heart follows more readily with trust. The Holy Spirit reminds me that though I might feel fear, God is good and trustworthy. When my heart is filled with trust, it’s easier to open my hands and surrender.
- Emergency verses. When worry is strangling me I force my mind to go to the emergency verses I’ve memorized, Verses like: Psalm 46, Psalm 91:1-2, Philippians 2:5-11 and others. Two things happen by rehearsing scripture in my mind; 1. The Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to give me courage. 2. I am distracted from my worry and forced to shift my focus to the Almighty One.
- A Trip Down Memory Lane. When worry is upending my trust I intentionally remember how God has moved in the past. By recalling His faithfulness in the past I am strengthened to trust Him with the present and the future.
Yesterday, as I sang the words to the song, “Everything and Nothing Less”, I made this my prayer, “Lord, I open my hands. Take everything; every worry, every fear, every desire and every dream. I believe you are good and what you do is good. I can trust you with my kids, my grandkids, my hopes and my dreams. Thank you that I can rest in you.”
What is one thing you often worry about? What does surrender look like for you?