Leighton Ford continues his description of the 4 veils of spiritual disarray in Chapter 6 of The Attentive Life.
3. Anxiety– on a personal note, the author states that he often has awakened in the morning with overnight messages from his inner voice worrying him. While these morning messages may be welcome solutions to problems previously put on hold, just as often they are anxiety-producing, insistently demanding attention. How true this is of us as well, that our anxious thoughts are unfinished business that we’ve forgotten to leave in God’s capable hands.
4. A “spirit of fear”– spiritual fear, Mr. Ford asserts, “can constrict our vision of the way God has in mind for us.” The paradox is that the less we try to prepare by attempting to handle adversity ourselves and freely give our situation over to Jesus, the better things seem to get. Leighton concludes:
“It’s scary- but it’s real. It’s as if God replaces the spirit of fear with a joyful sense of who he has made me to be.”
Today’s question: What have you found helpful in replacing your spiritual fear with trust in Jesus? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The second journey”