More than I ever could

So when we see them hurting and we want to help them through it and all we can do is sit and watch and wait …

and, yeah, here my natural instinct is to worry. because this worry fools me into thinking I’m actually doing something helpful for them. and at least I’m not stressing over something unimportant. at least I’m worried about something that I know is important to God’s heart too.

But there it is. these people are precious to God. the scars on His Son’s hands and the gash on His side prove it. so maybe the question isn’t if it’s true, but “do I believe it?” Do I believe that our all-powerful God cares deeply about these people – more than I ever could?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Phil. 4:6, NLT

And maybe this praying. this interceding is one of the most underrated parts of our lives.

Worry says, “I’m in control” and “I can fix them.”

And those are lies.

Hello. we are not God. and whenever we act like we are, we distance ourselves from the very One Who saves lost souls and heals broken hearts.

To stop worrying does not mean to stop caring; to replace worry with intercession is to start loving. It’s not just letting go of a person and their situation, but handing them over to Someone Who can hold them so much better. It’s doing what would be best for the other individual and most honoring to God. Because it’s submitting to His rule and reign in their life and mine. It’s investing in relationships {even though at times it seems like a passive form of investing}. and, really, most importantly, it’s investing in the one relationship that forever gives us hope in the hurting and peace in the uncertain.

Because if we’re truly taking this walk  trek with the One Who saved our souls, shouldn’t there be a bit of investment there? a bit of conversation? And maybe that’s it. maybe more than anything else this is supposed to be a conversation with the most important Person Who stepped into our lives. And maybe when investing in this relationship is our top priority and heart’s desire, we gain the insight and ability to love and help others well. we gain perspective in the midst of this messy place as our worries grow smaller in the shadow of “all he has done.

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4:7, NLT

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