The purpose behind the idea of giving up something for Lent is rooted in the practice of removing from our lives the things that interfere with our experience of the reality of God: His goodness, love, joy, forgiveness, peace, and more.
My number one enemy is anxiety.
If not eating cookies for six weeks would lead to a more peace-full me, I would jump right on that train. Having battled anxiety in its many forms for the majority of my life, I am heaven-bent on it’s removal from my life. I’m sure all who know me would appreciate this, as well, since anxiety and stress make me snippy – to put it mildly.
Last year I discovered that trusting God was the antidote to anxiety and it is completely effective when paired with releasing all control to God. The release leads to joy and thanksgiving, believe it or not, and not more anxiety.
One of the keys I have found to this freedom is to choose not to worry. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? I choose to trust God and release the problem to Him. I choose to trust Him again when the anxiety and worry try to find a place in my thinking and being. I choose to believe Him when He tells me not to worry about it.
It is very important to realize that my faith is not in my faith, or even in what God can do. My faith is in Who God is. God is Faithful and True. God is Love that Never Fails. So even if all else fails, even if I fail or others fail me, even if I can not understand the circumstances, I know that God is holding us in the palm of His hand, in the midst of His never-failing love. I trust that He alone, Who redeems and then resurrects our lives from whatever grave we are in, is able to keep what we have entrusted to Him until the Day of His appearing.
So I’m giving up my chocolate-covered anxiety for Lent. How about you?