Worry is the imagination’s negative step-sister. It is the proof of the creative potential you have for making your life better, not worse. – Julia Cameron
Worry and anxiety can spur us into a positive partnership with Holy Love. We may lift our worries and fears on to the altar, as Abraham did with Isaac, though it often takes great courage to do so. God, the source of Holy Love, gave Abraham a creative solution that Abraham could not see until he followed God’s leading to sacrifice. The whole story is in Genesis 22. The way we read this part of the Bible makes it sound like God sternly commanded Abraham to kill his son. We miss the fact that there was an element of choice involved. Abraham could have said no. He might have never taken the first step that led to an unlit funeral pyre on the top of the mountain called Moriah.
Abraham chose to obey God, in what seems to us as a very dramatic way. The world continues to be transformed today by the courageous descendants of Abraham and Isaac.
When we choose to follow God’s leading, even though the path ahead seems full of suffering, we are partnering with Holy Love, co-creating with the Master of the cosmos. We are taking our place in the work of making all things new instead of sitting around worrying about it.
“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Matthew 6:29 – 34
The Message (MSG)
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