This post contains a short point from a recent message. I left a part out of this point, a small but critical part which came to me after the message was completed. I hated that, so I decided to rectify it here.
Another technique I’ve discovered to escape fear/live apart from anxiety is to realize that I have more resources than I think. Resources (or the lack of resources; that scarcity/poverty lying under the harvest, the threat of not having enough) is a major source of anxiety for me. That’s what introverts worry about (I don’t know what extroverts worry about, but lack of resources is what introverts worry about ). What I’ve realized lately, though, is that I have far more resources than I give myself credit for. I have inexhaustible resources, actually, or at the very least i have access to inexhaustible resources. I am a child of God. The Father has given me full access to His household; He has put on my hand the signet ring, allowing me to do family business or spend family capital.
When I have need, then, I can supply it not just from whatever meager resources I have scrapped together (how much money I’ve managed to save, how much sleep I managed to get, etc.) but also and even more so from the Father’s resources. I can go into the Father’s barn. I can withdraw from the Father’s bank account. I’ve always had the ability to do this, I suppose, but I’ve only recently learned to actually do it. I haven’t been looking at last night’s sleep to get me through the day as have all my life, but I’ve been looking at God to get me through the day . When I feel tired, I say, “God, I need something here.” I say that and I usually seems like I get it. Energy is usually given to meet my need.
I’m not the only one to discover these resources or the ability to use these resources. Santa Clause discovered this as well. I started reading a book about Santa Claus (aka St. Nicholas) yesterday.
In that book, I discovered this statement about young Nicholas’ growth in the faith:
Nicholas found he could ask God for strength and receive it. He found he had access to more resources than his own. I’ve found the same thing, and it has had a profound affect on me. I was in a difficult situation the other night. I was struggling with the same difficulty my wife and I have been struggling with for some time. As I struggled with that, I looked up to heaven and said to God, “I just can’t make it.” And immediately I heard God say back, “Yes you can.” I don’t know if God said that to me directly or said it through the Holy Spirit or said it through my own conscience which He has taught to think as He thinks (any of those ways gets you to the same place), but He said it. It was said. “Yes you can make it.” And that statement was based on this idea. I could make it through this difficulty because I had his resources to get me through it. My own resources weren’t sufficient; I rightly realized that. But I had (and have) more resources than my own. Those resources are sufficient to get me through this difficulty and any other which comes my way. That gives me a lot of confidence. It gives me the same confidence I had when I learned I could run 10 miles. Before I knew I could do that, I was afraid of running, afraid of my energy giving out when I was far from home. Once I knew I could do that, I no longer feared running. I looked forward to it, actually. I laughed at the distance that once frightened me because I knew I could cover it.
And that takes away fear. Understanding that I have these other, better resources which enable me to get through whatever I need to get through disarms my fear.
So that is one point of my message. If you’d like to listen to the rest, you can find it here. Enjoy, and may God lead you out of anxiety!