Water flows to its lowest point, and so can the human soul. One of the indicators of our soul’s low elevation point is when worry kicks in–you know, when we give way to anxiety. Thoughts are like wild, run-away stallions when we allow our minds to focus on difficulties and troubles. Those stallions desire to run free of restraint. They like the open field of thought and they resist being corralled and then harnessed to truth.
Worry is a state of dis-ease…a place of great discomfort. It leads deeper into agony if we remain there long enough. Worry invites you to brood over the conditions around you and to overthink an issue. Worry acts like a defiant bully who insists that it can figure out how to resolve the issue at hand. It is a liar and a thief!
Just as my elevation was descending into worry, I heard the Spirit say, “That’s Fatherless thinking.” Halted in my thought process, I was reminded that I am NOT Fatherless! I am not an orphan ~ yet I can sure take on the role as one when I worry. Worry screams a loud statement that I am lost without any hope. It proclaims that the situation will never change and that I’m stuck in the grind of despair.
Philippians 4:8 in the Passion translation reads: “So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always.”
Some key words stand out: “Keep:” which implies the responsibility is ours to steward. Then the scripture describes to us the scenery at the right elevation of thinking by listing what to focus on. Then we are urged to “fasten,” or hook on tight, our thoughts on every glorious work of God. That is, our focus at the right elevation of sight will enable us to see what He is doing and to receive His revelation. It is then that we release praises to Him. How often? His Word says, ‘Always.’