But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34 NIV
One of the most complex disciplines is resting in the now. The world’s cares creep in and worry links itself and handcuffs you; rest is a discipline of action, not idleness. When anxiety comes, and it does, Jesus says, “Look for Me!” Imagery is an excellent action tool if you sit quietly, place your hand on your heart, take a few breaths, and whisper, “I am safe, I am cared for, and imagine yourself in your safe space. I imagine myself sitting on a beach; I see people passing like thoughts, allowing them to pass like strangers and focus on Jesus. See Him standing with His hand stretched. He is saying, “I Am Here.” We would rather not have to deal with the world’s cares; we want God to give us a carefree world, but that’s unrealistic. Jesus said we would face troubles in the world but fear not. He overcame the world. Thank Him for what you have, such as this moment, because life is just a moment; tomorrow is not promised.
Holy Spirit, I confess when the world’s cares try to arrest me, I forget to seek you above all things. Please remind me to thank You for Your promise to be with me when we seek You first and Your righteousness. When the world’s cares come at me like waves, open my ears to hear Your voice saying, “I Am here. Peace be still.” Wash away my sins of doubt and worry, and please replace them with the spirit of gratitude and supplication which primes Your Peace surpassing all understanding.