|This song sprouted as an idea in my heart as I took an early Sunday morning walk
with our family dog in the lower field running along the creek below our home.
It was a bright, beautiful day, the sun creeping slowly up then spilling its light
all over the hill above me as I walked.
But shadows of fear--
fear over the future of our world and particularly my children's futures
in this broken world--were choking my joy.
Out of the blue, the question came to me:
Hey! What if I actually lived this day as if Jesus were the strongest one,
stronger than anyone and anything? What if I lived as if all his words were really true?
What if I could really trust Him with my treasured children,
and the children around the world I love and pray for (and worry over)
every day, sight unseen?
What if I just thanked Him for being the strongest one...out loud, right here with my dog...
just started praying my anxieties into their rightful place: into invisible, strong hands.
What if I said, "Yes, I will rest in realities I can't see, and don't particularly feel"?
What would that look like? What would that feel like?
Either it's all true or it isn't.
But I'm the one living in silliness, if God's way is the reality that all heaven
and all hell can see (even though maybe I can't)...and I'm still anxious.
How would that free me--in my mind, heart, mood, marriage, parenting, actions, reactions?
And how might that super simple, tiny choice warm the heart of my Father?
And so the seed was planted.