“But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT
I sit here, listening to a chorus of little violinists as they practice the song, “Lightly Row.” These violinists are all boys and all under the age of 9.
One wise little man blurts out a great thought…”Who doesn’t know Lightly Row?!” In my mind (and in my smiling heart) I think, “I don’t know how to lightly row!…but wait, maybe I do…”
The realization hits me- although it seems like the world is caving in around me, it’s really not. I’m on THE solid rock. Endurance and faith in the Lord is what I have and this is merely part of the journey to becoming whole in Christ.
As a child who exclaims with great enthusiam, “Mom! Look at me! I can [do that which I didn’t think I could…].!!!” When we grow in our faith, we really do reach that which we never could’ve reached alone.
In the past, therapists and friends have pointed out my heightend sensitivity issues. I mention this because it’s been a major factor in my life and has caused me to fall into heavy anxiety and minor depression.
My old reaction pattern is to (figuratively) crawl into a ball and close my eyes until the craziness has passed. My emerging feeling is different- my eyes are squinted shut for a moment. It does not take (as long;) before I realize I can safely open my eyes and face what’s been set before me.
Never did I think real joy existed here on earth. I was so very wrong. God IS faithful. He DOES protect his own. The fruits of the spirit CAN be attained.