I'm back! Moving halfway across the country has had it's ups and downs. I have dealt with stress due to delays that threatened the purchase of our new home, stress caused by the unknown that lay just ahead, physical stress to my body and mental stress that zaps you of the ability to make one single decision more.
I also received blessings without number from the outpouring of love our church showed us by the many people who showed up to help with packing and loading, feeding us, sheltering us when the truck was packed with all of our stuff but the closing was delayed another 2 weeks.
Fears lurking in the deep recesses of my mind were brought forth from memories dislodged so that the past needed to be dealth with as well as the present. Sometimes I needed no catalyst to start the slide show of my crazy fears, and tears were no more than a word away.
The sadness of closed doors and painful goodbyes was like a fog - everywhere - indistinct - unamed. The joy of a new life ahead did not lessen my sorrows, but drained me of energy as well.
I've said it before: we cannot avoid all stress, and it's unrealistic to think that we might. But if you know where to go with burdens, and if you know which thoughts to reject.... If you see these fears as a call to prayer, taking them to the One with answers - the One Who cares - then you have done well. There IS a way to meet these awful fears that are like party crashers - uninvited and unwanted. Take them with you and go to the Father. Cast them away from your presence and into the Father's hands.
Now, you who are reading this, go... and pray