Today, as I sat through one of my mandatory Christian school “meetings” if you will, I was blessed to hear from another well-known pastor. If any of you are familiar with Vertical Church, I’m sure you know who I’m talking about: James Macdonald. Their church is based in Chicago. All that to say, this post is inspired by one little thing he said.
The message shared was talking about revival, which is fine, but that’s not what I got from it. What I got from it is that God isn’t standing up pacing in heaven worried about His children. He is so holy that He is legitimately sitting on His throne ruling the earth. That’s not to say that He doesn’t care about us; in fact, I’m not sure I still understand how He sits, thinks about all of His children, rules the earth, and casts His judgment all at the same time. If ya’ll think I’m kidding, I’m not. Isaiah 6:1 says, “ In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple” (Every picture I searched I found that God’s arms are open wide and I’ll let you envision that how you want to, but I also find that extremely comforting as an anxious person.)
I hope this boggles your mind too! How does He sit down and worry about everything, but yet, worry about nothing. Our earthly anxious tendencies make us cringe. Most of them involve movement or unhealthy habits. Anyone else pace back and forth while talking on the phone? I think it’s cause we’re stressed. Talking on the phone can be stressful in a day and age where we don’t actually need to talk to someone. We just send them little text messages and everything’s fine. *Here’s a reminder to go call your mom.* I think that this way of picturing God shows us how Holy he really is. Macdonald said today that Holy means different, or set apart. It’s a word I can’t fully comprehend but I know relates to God.
I could be taking this way out of context but God does actually command us to be like him. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” I don’t think that means that we need to sit on thrones and judge people from above. That’s specifically God’s holy job. I don’t know everything about the Bible, or Christianity, but I do know that being more like God means being less anxious. It’s hard. Our brains won’t turn off sometimes. I never said that this was going to be easy, but you can do it, through Christ, who gives you strength. Sister, go lie down, find a quiet spot, turn your mind to God, picture Him on His throne, turn everything else off, and start talking about your day. Ask Him to fix what needs to be fixed, forgive what needs to be forgiven, and provide what needs to be provided. All you have to do is rest.
“Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7