“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22
I can always remember the first time I had my first job interview. I curled my long, blonde hair. I picked out the perfect blazer. I said a quick prayer to God and headed out the door. As my dad drove closer to the place where my interview was held, I felt my hands begin to become sweaty and my heart pumping fast. I exited the car, took a deep breath, and instantly forgot what I was worrying about and headed into the building with confidence.
I sometimes forget about the days where I have that “worry-free” confidence in my day to day life right now. As I wake up at the crack of dawn every day for work, my mind is instantly full of bad thoughts and makes me feel all grumpy. Does God really want to live inside a person like that?
Let’s take a minute and view this story about how Jesus was napping on a boat with his disciples and a heavy storm blew their way:
“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”” Mark 4:35-41
Talk about some constructive criticism right there. Jesus merely wants us to trust in Him through all our storms. I would be pretty upset too if I was watching my child being terrified all the time and summoning up negative thoughts when Jesus wants us to call on Him.
Jesus is here to help us, not to harm us. He is here to steer our boats towards the shore, not to let the waves crash over. It is so important that we open our hearts to Him and let Him transform us into His image. He calls us to be strong and courageous. Of course, this process will take lots of practice and self evaluating. Try this: every time you feel a negative thought come into your brain, change it into a positive one and thank God for the day ahead. Notice your surroundings more. Take time to acknowledge someone. Encourage a friend or loved one if they’re having a bad day. Let them know that the waves they see may be large, but our God is much larger and can handle any storm that comes your way.