Perhaps my muse has reappeared, at least fleetingly. Sunday I felt inspired to write a weekly post titled “Monday Musings.” My thinking was that I can move beyond the trivial (which I love), to something with more depth (which I also love). That was my thinking behind my blog title anyway–that “musings” could cover a wide range of topics and approaches. But maybe “Monday Musings” will be a little more contemplative in nature.
I never got around to posting my idea on Monday, so I will save it for another Monday. But this morning, I read an essay that spoke to me, and I wanted to share it here in case you, too, tend to strive and grasp, more than let go and accept God’s peace.
A caveat: I know some readers of this blog may not believe what I believe. But that’s what is so wonderful about the blogging world. We are privileged to not only read, but even dialogue, with others all over the world who may agree with us, but just as easily may think and feel differently than we do. What a joy it has been for me since I entered facebook and the blogosphere to get to know others from varied cultures and backgrounds. The last thing I want to do is preach; that’s not my style, I hope. What I do hope to convey is that I’m a fellow traveler along the journey of life. And when I can share my passions, joys, as well as struggles, I will attempt to express them coherently, and humbly.
So, the following musings are not my own, but those of Sarah Young, who is writing to us from the perspective of Jesus. The essay may seem long, but it was so good, I didn’t know what to cut. I encourage you to read it all if you are feeling a need for more peace in your life. It’s where I’ve found my peace (although I constantly need reminders like this).
To receive My peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. Grasping and controlling are your means of trying to feel safe. However, such an approach actually hurts you and works against you: The more you manipulate and maneuver for control, the more anxious you become.
Rather than striving for peace of mind through these means, abandon yourself to Me. My hand is the only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul. Let Me help you open your hands and receive all that I have for you.
What you do with your body can help or hinder what goes on in your soul. When you realize you are grasping for control, become aware of your body language. Intentionally open your hands, releasing your concerns to Me and inviting Me to take charge. Open your heart and mind as well, as you lift your hands to Me. You are now in a good position to receive My many blessings, not the least of which is awareness of My Presence.
Enjoy the Peace that flows out from Me while you bask in the Light of My Love. Then, when you move back into your activities, consciously grasp My hand in childlike dependence. “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’ ” (Isaiah 41:13)
—Sarah Young, Jesus Lives: Seeing His Love in Your Life, pp. 156-157. (I guess you could call Sarah a guest blogger today 🙂 ).