Reformed Grits

I feel a blog comin’ on (aka, Let it go)
October 27, 2006, 10:22 am
Filed under: Faith

I have never been characterized by worry.  Maybe because I’m the baby of the family I tend to always be an optimist and think things will work out.  That said, in the last month or so I have been totally gripped by worry in one area of my life. 

I don’t like the feel of this. 

The word "gripped" seems so appropriate because I have this mental image of a hand squeezing me and crushing me.  I can’t get out.  I can’t wriggle free.  I’m being seized for all it’s worth.  I am gripped. 

Something occured to me this morning while reading in 2 Corinthians 4 and 5.  The hand that is squeezing me is my own.   The fears I am fighting are not valid in that they are not involving sin in my life; however they have become a stumbling block for me TO sin as I worry and fritter and fret.  Does that make sense?  I am allowing the cares of this world to trip me up, focusing on the groaning of "this tent" instead of "being pleasing to Him."  Which, in this case involves releasing my grip. 

I can close my eyes and see the hand that has been crushing me, open to receive the blessing, yes the peace that is offered through yielding to the fear of the Lord instead of the fear of the mortal. 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselvs; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken;  struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be mainfested in our body.            II Corinthians 4:7-11


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Great post, Kim! I go through seasons of being “gripped” by fear as well. You put it very well. Thanks for giving me something to ponder and a great verse to meditate on!

Comment by penny

I treasure this verse…

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