Today we have a special guest post from Elizabeth at Beauty Observed, in addition to being a wonderful writer, Elizabeth is also a stunning photographer and shares her work here today. Thanks for being with us Elizabeth!
The other day, I was scrolling through my facebook feed and I came across this quote by Erma Bombeck. Have you heard of her? She was a humorist who wrote from the 1960s thru the 1990s. Anyway, the quote was “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” There’s a Bible verse to back that up, too. Luke 12:25 says “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”
I think the quote about the rocking chair spoke to me because worry seems to go hand-in-hand with fear and I’m trying to rid myself of fear this year. Fear starts out as a cold, little thought and blooms into a full-fledged worry-fest. We wring our hands and play out a number of “likely” scenarios. And where does it get us? Nowhere. We are sitting in that rocking chair, rocking as fast as we can in our own efforts.
- It doesn’t usually come true. People have extraordinary imaginations and we tend to spin these terrific tales of woe. I can match you imagination for imagination. Most of the time and energy and upset stomachs I’ve put into worrying never come to pass.
- When things do come to pass, He is faithful to walk through them with me. Please know that I do not say this flippantly. My father died unexpectedly when I was 33. I’ve suffered infertility, miscarriage, premature births, and adoption loss. And then there’s all that other daily life stuff. God has never NEVER left my side. He has held me while I’ve cried and the Holy Spirit has ministered peace to me. He IS faithful. He works everything for good. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So what can we do?
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
So let’s use that rocking chair for what it’s really meant for. Sitting and talking with friends. Rocking babies and small children. Spending an evening on the front porch. Gazing out at the ocean. Much, much better uses, I’d say.
Elizabeth Nicholson has a passion for photographing and sharing the beauty God has created. She’s also the the wife of a musician and a veteran home educator. Elizabeth has two children still at home. Her oldest is an English teacher. You can find Elizabeth at beautyobserved.com, and on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.