I planned on having a positive start with a new group of women. And I planned on relying on God’s strength to overcome my temptation to succumb to anxiety.
I have hope. Hope that God is continuing the change He has begun in me.
But, perhaps, I was a little too confident of my ability to lean on Him.
I attended a new women’s bible study. It was the first opportunity I had to connect at our new church.
I was excited. I knew exactly where I was going – which relieves a huge portion of my potential stress. And I was early. However, I walked in the door only to find myself standing smack in the middle of the study – which was already in progress.
This was not part of my plan. It threw me off guard.
Instead of abiding in God’s peace, I automatically reverted to my old habits of self reliance and insecurity. And when I get nervous, I am clumsy.
I tried to put Zaiah into his class but He vehemently objected. I tried to force him to separate but we engaged in a push and pull battle leading to my clumsy climax.
And broke the baby gate.
As I finally sat down with the other women, I cringed. I could feel that old, awkward, insecure blanket of fear wrapping around me. I knew in my head that I had no reason to succumb to the pattern of anxiety that had dictated my thoughts and actions for years. And I knew that God had the power to release me.
But I panicked as I tried to force away my anxiety. My thoughts raced, my breathing sped up – I knew I was in the beginnings of a panic attack.
But then, a verse appeared on the screen.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 ESV
This meditation of my heart is not pleasing to my Lord.
I am so fearful of outwardly revealing my anxiety that I am completely and totally focused on ME.
I had planned on a fresh start. And I planned on living in God’s abundant strength.
But I failed.
Not because I arrived late and interrupted. Not because I am a clutz and broke their gate. But I failed because I retracted into the perilous amiss of my mind. I dwelled on my own mess. Me. Me. Me.
I feel horrible. But God wipes clean my mess. He gives me His compassion. He is faithful even on these days that I am not.
And tomorrow …..
It is a new day.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3: 22-23
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