As I was siting down recently with my two children playing games and make-believing pretend scenarios, I had a simple but powerful revelation. As always, I had sooooo much that needed to be done – lots of jobs around the house, phone calls to make, emails to send, meals to prepare, clothes to wash, rooms to clean, events to plan – but Hugo asked me to play with him, and no matter how busy I am or what I have to get done, I always make playing with my children a priority. So the three of us sat on the floor playing trains and cars. In amongst all of the creativity and imaginative play, I got a little swept away. The next minute I realised….I was having fun! Not the kind of fun that I would normally enjoy doing, but the kind of fun where nothing else matters and you just forget about everything and bask in the moment. As soon as I realised how caught up in this little pleasure I was, I thought to myself about how wonderful it would be to be a young child again. Wouldn’t it be great to have no cares in the world, except which toy to play with or which game to do or whether to enjoy the indoors or outdoors? My mind raced back to when I was a child and the light-as-a-feather burden of nothing more than being mummy to my dolls, doing arts and crafts, having tea parties with my friends. It was such a pure, carefree and innocent time. Nothing to think about, nothing to worry about, nothing to be burdened by. Not even a day at a time, just a game at a time – completely and utterly living in the moment.
I thought to myself that the reason my children can be so carefree is because we are looking after them. We are worrying about the things that need attention, we are taking care of their daily needs, we are providing the things they need to live and thrive in life. They don’t need to even think about it, because it’s all taken care of (even if it’s difficult for us!). They can relax in the knowledge that mum and dad have got this. Not even! They are so relaxed and confident in our provision and care in their life that they aren’t even aware that ‘we got this!’
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such freedom and be so carefree again.” No sooner had the thought emulated in my conscience that I received my simple but beautiful revelation. I do have that freedom. I don’t need to worry about anything! I can relax and enjoy life and live in the moment. Just like I take care of my children’s needs and look out for them and provide for them, so does our Father! We just need to allow Him, and often that means laying our cares, burdens, worries and anxieties at His feet and taking up His peace. Resting in His peace knowing that He is more than able to take care of it, BETTER than we can! We should be so carefree (not careless…we still have a responsibilities) that we live in a continuous place of peace, just like innocent children do.
We should be so carefree that we live in a continuous place of peace
They key is trust. My children have learnt from birth that they can trust me – I meet their needs, I provide for them, I look after them. They trust me so profoundly that they don’t even realise they trust me, it’s just instinctive. How much more so should it be with God!!! It comes down to our trust in Him. How much do we trust Him? Do we trust that He is going to look after us if we relinquish the reins over to Him? Do we trust that He will provide for us? Do we trust that He has good things for us? We can trust our heavenly Father more than anything…including ourselves. We can trust Him because He is trustworthy; He is worthy of our trust.
We can trust him because he is worthy of our trust
Sit for a moment with your eyes closed and imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have any cares in the world, if someone was taking care of it all, if someone else was responsible for providing for you, if someone else took up your burdens and heavy yoke. How does that feel? What does that kind of freedom feel like to you? Do you believe that it is available?
Now, picture yourself before the feet of Jesus. What burdens are you carrying around lately? What is making you anxious? What fears or worries are holding you back? What areas in your life do you need provision for (physical, emotional, relational, financial…)? Take time to lay them at the feet of Jesus, one by one. Give Him your cares. Give Him your concerns. Give Him your doubts and fears. Lay them at His feet and leave them there. Picture yourself looking into his beautiful, warm eyes, and allow Him to exchange these burdens and cares for His perfect peace. Picture Him taking off the heavy weights from your shoulders and notice how light and free you feel. Take up His peace. Take it. Allow Him to bestow it upon you in exchange for all you have offloaded.
Rest in this moment.
Rest in His peace.
Practice His presence.
As you go about your day, take it with you – His presence and His peace. Every time you feel the worries filling your mind, or doubt or concerns starting to enter your thoughts, go back to that place with Him and thank Him for His peace, thank Him for His presence, thank Him for his provision, thank Him for his love and care, thank Him for his goodness, faithfulness and trustworthiness.
Meditate upon these scriptures from his Word. Write them down and put them in front of you, even read them aloud and declare them throughout the day…
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:25-33 NLT)
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith- filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honourable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.” (Philippians 4:6-10 The Passion Translation)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” (Matthew 11:28-30 AMP)
“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].” (2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP)
Let’s go about our day today with the childlike freedom and confidence knowing that our amazing Father has everything under control, as we trust in Him! Let’s truly live today in that joyful and soul-refreshing freedom.