I’ve been learning about coping skills lately–things you can do to remain calm or at least “get through” when stressed. Rhythmic breathing, music, comedy, exercise, reading, drawing…
All these truly work, but nothing calms my anxious heart like the Words of my heavenly Father. Simply reading helps, and also healing is when I use the system I outlined in a prior post, slowly studying them, prayerfully savoring each word as my Savior speaks through his gracious revelation to me.
Today I’m posting three verses that are encouraging me right now, and I couldn’t help add a few thoughts as I reflected on the precious Words. I pray they will encourage you too. (And see the next post for another batch.)
1. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
A friend left this one on my Facebook page, and it’s been near to me ever since. Life has been incredibly difficult lately, so much so, I can’t always think or even pray. When I’m reeling around, too distraught for words, this verse settles on my soul. And holding its hand is the image of John, the disciple Jesus loved, resting his head on the Lord’s chest at the Last Supper. As I quietly rest, not trying to figure anything out–not trying to do a thing at all–soon my anxious heart calms. Has the problem been resolved or some wise answer hit me? No. But Jesus, Emmanuel, is with me.
2. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
There’s almost too much in this verse to talk about.
- Take my yoke–I don’t have to carry my own burdens.
- Learn from me–Oh, Lord, I want to learn. Teach me.
- I am gentle and lowly in heart–To those you love–to me–you are gentle and lowly. You don’t come to me in your wrath or the judgment my sin deserves, but in grace. You served the disciples, washed their feet, lovingly taught them. You let the sinful woman adore you, cherished Mary for sitting at your feet …
- You will find rest for your souls–Rest. Yes. I need rest.
- For my yoke is easy and my burden is light–My life feels heavy right now, Lord. Will you take my burden and give me yours?
3. Wait on the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, yes, wait on the Lord.
Waiting is so hard. How long will this trial last, Lord? My heart faints. Anxiety clamps down. Fear and confusion, and at times … despair. How can I be strong? How can my heart take courage while I wait?
I don’t have three easy steps to be strong and courageous. I don’t know the answer, except that, it’s odd (shouldn’t be, but it feels odd). Somehow, just reading this verse, praying it over myself, lifts my heart. The words themselves–living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword–accomplish my Lord’s work in me.
And once again, I’m in awe of your Word, Jesus. Thank you for not leaving us in silence. Thank you for speaking to me, right now, through your beautiful words.
Isn’t God’s Word amazing? May his Word bless you this day and every day!
What verses do you turn to most when seeking encouragement? I’d love to hear, and I know it would bless others. Share in the comments below.
Remember, he loves you like there’s no tomorrow.
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