My wife sometimes has trouble going to sleep because she’s anxious about the things that the next days and weeks will hold. For me, it’s waking up before dawn, before my alarm goes off, gripped with fear and anxiety about how I can possibly get through my day.
Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
I believe there is a corollary there … If you’re unsure where your heart truly is, think about the things that wake you up in a cold sweat. Because the things you fear are also a good indicator of where your heart is. I’ve felt separated from God for the past few weeks … Nothing terrible has happened, I’ve just felt a distance. I’ve been terribly distracted with a number of things in my professional and personal life, including a great deal of travel – which often means a disruption of my morning routine.
So I’ve been praying this morning for two things:
First, for God to work in my heart so that I follow Jesus with zeal. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1 NIV84)”
Second, that I would be able to free myself of attachments to this human kingdom, and to be at peace knowing that my place in His kingdom is secure. And my bible reading this morning yielded this from Hebrews – that summed it up perfectly.
If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. (Hebrews 10:34 MSG)
My prayer today, for me and for you, is that you would set your heart on God’s kingdom … not the one you see with your eyes. That you would have peace. And that you would go to bed and rise with an overwhelming sense of being in His hands.
Image from Sarah Suero http://sarahsuero.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/wake-up-live-big-go-now/