Thoughts for the Week

Archive for April, 2012

Find Rest

What do you do when you’re stressed or upset?

I sometimes turn to a friend, go online to pass the time, or just sit down and work it out in my mind. These can be very helpful at times.

When I first started college, I was 16, and had an honor’s class. I also had been homeschooled for years and this was my first official classroom experience since the 4th grade. Needless to say…I was kinda nervous.

I remember each assignment was causing new waves of worry and fear. My way to deal with the assignments were to worry about them. I figured if I worried hard enough about it, I would feel guilty enough to do it on time. Looking back, it’s a terrible work ethic.

But my entire philosophy changed that semester. I was intrigued by the beginning verses in Psalm 62:

My soul finds rest in God alone; 
   my salvation comes from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation; 
   he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (vs. 1-2 NIV 1984)

I was struck by the phrase “alone.” It hit me that I only need to trust in the Father alone, not in my own abilities in school-work. This new philosophy can be applied to practically anything! My soul finds rest in God, not money, not perfect kids, not a successful career, not a good reputation, and not even browsing the internet!

During this week, strip away something you find rest in, and aim to rest in the Lord instead.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Feel Forgotten?

Everyone’s tasted that harsh feeling of  loneliness. The reasons are endless: no one remembered your birthday, someone forgot your name, or simply because your friends are talking about a subject that you don’t know and you feel left out.

When I was younger, and a  lonely moment would rattle me, I often took confidence in my mom. My mom never forgot me, and always welcomed me to come close when I was hurting.

In the Scriptures, God uses the analogy of a mother and baby, to describe how He cares for His children.

“But Zion said, ‘The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.'” We’ve all felt like even God has left us at times. But God replies.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isaiah 49: 13-15 NIV).

There is one thing in particular that I find touching about this passage. First, it’s incredible that the mighty and eternal God  would compare himself to the tender image of a mother and child. Even though He’s a God of power we can’t even begin to understand, He tells that in that tender way a mother loves her child, He loves us also.

Even if my mother goofs up and forgets my birthday once, I know God won’t ever forget me.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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