I don’t look for worry, but worry knows my number. She worms her way into my dreams. She captures my full attention before I know what’s happened. “Not now,” I moan. “Let me sleep.”
My dark dreams can take various shapes. Sometimes I’m back in school and can’t find my class until the day of the final exam. I walk into the exam totally unprepared.
Other times shadows of doom haunt me. Whatever the dream, worry is the common theme. Worry that I’m not prepared or that I lack what I need.
God’s reassured me that He’s bigger than my worries on many occasions. Here are some biblical pictures that have spoken to me.
God told Abraham to send his son Ishmael away. The water Abraham provided for Hagar and Ishmael’s trip ran out. In the dessert this spelled death, and Hagar knew it.
She laid Ishmael in the shade and walked some distance away because she couldn’t stand to watch her son die. As she burst into tears God spoke to her.
“‘Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.’
Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink” (Gen. 21:17-19 NLT).
The water Hagar needed was right before her all along. But she needed God to open her eyes.
Sometimes I need God to open my eyes to see what He’s already provided. When I focus on my lack I overlook His supply.
A Rock Is a River
One morning after a visit from worry, my friend emailed, “In our study yesterday we learned a rock is not just a rock; it’s a river. (When God told Moses to strike it and out came a deluge to quench the thirst of every Israelite and all the livestock.)”
I’d recently read that story (Exodus 17:1-7) and knew exactly what she referred to. I thought of the scores of big rocks we unearthed when we started planting our yard. If God used rocks to supply our needs then I was in good shape.
1 Corinthians 10:4 reminds us that this wasn’t any rock. The rock was Christ. Christ is our provider. He is Yahweh yireh, “The Lord Will Provide” (Genesis 22:14 NASB).
When Jesus walked the earth He said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:37-38 NIV).
Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. The rock that quenched the thirst of a nation lives in me!
What do you thirst for? Author John Thurman said men usually want to feel respected, needed, and competent. Women long to feel cherished, valued, and secure. Jesus satisfies our deep longings when we allow Him to fill our empty souls.
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Question: How has God met you when worry called?