It’s another beautiful Monday, by the way I love Monday’s because it is the only day of the week where I get to set out of my house as early as 5AM to go share my passion with a group of professionals who love to start off their working week with a little dose of thanksgiving and adoration to the holder of the Universe.
But today was rather different, I struggled out of bed early this morning because all my bones were aching, it was as if I had carried tons of bricks, Taking a shower was almost impossible as I felt so cold as the water touched my skin.
Maybe I should just put a call through that I wouldn’t be able to make the meeting, I don’t see how I’m, going to drive myself all the way to town in the wee hour of the morning, which is also the rush hour for Lagosians. I will be fine, I told myself. I drove myself down and we had a great time fellowshipping and encouraging one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
One of the Psalms that jolted me out of my drowsiness was in Psalms 37;8b
The last sentence of the scripture is what popped out to me like never before, “do not fret -it only causes harm. How many times have I fretted over nothing, got my adrenalin boiling for one reason or the other, and at the end of the day, the situation didn’t change because of my fret?
A lot of us go through life moping over circumstances that are beyond us, feeling uneasy because of the opinions of men, constantly and visibly anxious over family, worrying about anything and everything to the point that it affects our physical, mental and spiritual well being. All the fussing and worrying ends up not changing a thing.
When I saw this last part of the passage I knew that it was for me, and I knew I had to do something about my many frets and worries especially with my children. As I read the line over and over to myself I found out that what my fretting does is that it tends to exaggerate the enormity of the present situation over the faithfulness of God. it was like God telling mean that every time I worry about anything, I make that the thing bigger than Who He is to me and as a result our relationship is affected.
Fretting affects our relationship with God, it also affects our relationship with others, especially people in our immediate environment and space. we are over-focused on the bad situation that we forget God’s faithfulness, and are overfocused on the not-so-right-things that our spouses or children do that we forget that having them around is a reminder of God’s blessings to us.
Remember I mention that fretting affects us bodily, mentally and all other allies. It is believed that 80percent of the physical disease has a spiritual root, so how do we avoid fretting?
The same Psalm 37 provides us with a way out of fretting and eating our hearts out for any situation or circumstances. We must get our focus off the negatives and consciously be mindful of all the goodness of God that surrounds us, within and without. Whatever you focus on, you give power to. When we focus on the beauty of God around us, we make all other concerns little. we learn to trust GOD, Which is actually the remedy for fretting: trusting God, committing our ways to him, and acknowledging him no matter how mundane or how great the circumstances may be.
As we learn to trust, lean and depend on Him, he gives us the peace and calmness to go through the eye of the storm without fear or frets.
DO NOT FRET, IT ONLY CAUSES HARM.