September 19, 2016

What to do when you can't stop worrying?

Recently I came through a season of really heavy worry. The kind of worry that feels heavy on your chest, that consumes your thoughts, overtakes your emotion, and steals your joy. That is what I was experiencing. And not just for a day.. for several months.  I know that God's word says not to worry. Phil 4:6-7 have been my life verse for as long as I can remember! "Don't Worry, Pray" is painted on canvases all around my studio. Those words on my heart and in my mind. I know good and well God doesn't want us to worry. But this time, I felt powerless. I just had this intense conversation with God and told him " God, I don't know how to not worry this time. I have tried to just release this but it still consumes my mind. I feel like I need to DO something. God tell me what to DO. If I am going to remove the worry what can I replace it with? If I am going to be victorious with the DON"T ( Don't worry) then tell me what to DO  in its place!!".

I didn't hear anything for a while. Then I turned to Job. I figured that was a good place to start. Every bad thing that could happen to Job happened. So what did he do. Job 1:20 says " he fell to the ground in WORSHIP". That's what he DID. He WORSHIPPED!

Ok God, I thought, that's it I will Worship. "But God how is this really gonna help? Is this gonna just magically fix my worry?" That's when I saw the commentary in my Bible that explained it beautifully.

It says that when we Worship we are telling God who He is. We are verbally telling  him that He is the ultimate provider, healer, protector. He is good. He is all powerful. When we are verbally saying or singing that out loud to God our Perspective starts to change. When our perspective changes from trying to control the situation on our own to realizing that He is God and we are not then we are in a place of Humility . Out of that place of Humility is when we are Teachable. And being Teachable ultimately led Job to gain Victory over his losses. And that's what it can do for us too.

When we turn Worry into Worship we can shift our state to be able to receive the lesson that God wants to teach us so that we can ultimately achieve Victory in the situation.

Thank you God! Thank you Thank you! Y'all, I don't know how to describe it but when I literally started worshipping all day. Like I had praise music on ALL Day! And I didn't just listen to it. I sang it. My heart meant it. I flooded my mind with WORSHIP . When I did that the burden of worry was truly lifted from my chest. It took a little while for the situation to actually change. But in due time it did change and God showed out. But the miracle came when the physical heaviness was lifted from my chest. When my mind was no longer scared and consumed. When instead, I focused on how Big my God was!!!

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