Life is full of the unexpected. Our day, week, or entire life can turn upside down with nothing more than a phone call or text message. It’s in times like these that questions, fears, anxiety, doubt, and depression flood our hearts and minds as though a dam has erupted and the floods are upon us.
When these moments strike we need to learn to take it all to Jesus. I don’t say that as a flat, religious platitude or handing out an empty cliche.
Here is what can often happen: We encounter something that frustrates, flusters, or flattens us, and the internal battle begins. The dialogue rolls around in our brains and tension mounts. Teeth are clenched. Breath is held. Headaches ensue. Distractions are sought to ease the mind, but often to no avail.
In those moments, in all moments, go to Jesus. Place before Him every last bit of everything.
Our vision is often clouded in these times and here’s what we fail to see; He is already aware of it all. He knows the four letter words and unholy introspection that’s going on. Even then, He says “Come.” He pulls up the chair and asks you to “Cast all your anxieties on him” and this isn’t because God is a mindless soundboard with no responsiveness, but “because he cares for you”. He’s a good Father and faithful friend.
Please do not push aside the point in familiarity. He cares so deeply and actively that He asks you bring your mess to him. What is the promise that He imparts? “He gives grace.” That is to say, His love and mercy are in full operation toward those who simply approach Him. There is no prerequisite to have it together, polish our prayers, and get on our Sunday best. He simply says “Cast it, throw it, launch every last bit of what you are feeling and thinking and wondering my way.” He gives permission to be messy and promises grace. Remember, He already knows.
What God asks of us all is that we stop dealing with Him in the third person as though He is a distant deity. There is a constant refrain throughout scripture, of God communicating with His people His desire for them to turn toward Him in all circumstances, especially when the unexpected hits. We must fight to not drift from the reality of relational intimacy with Him to impersonal ideas about Him.
God demonstrates this most clearly and fully in coming to earth. In Christ, He shows us that He cares enough to come personally and tangibly into our mess. He relates, He knows, He feels our hurts and meets us there.
So when the unexpected strikes, press toward Him amid the mess. Do not be content to deal with God in the third person. He already knows the good, the bad and the ugly, yet still invites us to lay it before Him. From there you can trust. You can know that His Spirit is alive, He is active, and He cares. He is there in the middle of it all, working for His glory and our good.