"You are surrounded by a sea of problems, but you are face-to-Face with Me, your Peace. As long as you focus on Me, you are safe... The closer you live to me, the safer you are." (16)
Recently we were in a discussion that turned to the "treacherous-looking waves" of the future with all the predictions of economic decline, political unrest and environmental catastrophes. Anxiety was mounting until the conversation turned to Jesus and His promised return. It was like the glow of Peace started to melt the mounting icicles of anxiety in everyone's eyes. Fear has its own distinct freezing effect!
It was another example of what happens when we "fix our eyes" on "the myriad of problems around us, we will sink under the weight" of it all. Jesus' invitation is to keep focused on Him for, "the One who never changes," can calm and steady our hearts.
The next time you have a bad dream and wake up anxious or fearful. Try this... Refocus your thoughts on Jesus. Even thoughts that stem from dream induced "phantom" fears will melt away in the Presence of Jesus!
Being able and willing to refocus thoughts is so beneficial. It enables us to avoid the hazards of being dangerously distracted. Distractions (including any problem, burden, fear, temptation, addiction, resentment, even pain) can basically trap us, hindering our progress, and certainly, our peace!
While "the future is a phantom, seeking to spook us," Proverbs 31:25 tells us we can be "clothed with strength and dignity," able to "laugh at the days to come."
To fix all "phantoms" I must be...
Firmly Fixed on Jesus...dmc