Rivers of Anxiety v. River of Life

20 Jan

Crossing a river with some friends

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.  If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. –Arthur Summers Roche

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1: 1-3

It seems as if we have a constant choice between sinking our roots in a river of fear or in the river of life.  Some of us have a Grand Canyon channel of fear through which we funnel our emotions.  The solution seems to be to meditate on the Word of God.  Meditate, or hagah, is also translated  mourn, speak, imagine, study, mutter, utter, roar, and talk.  In other words, if we interact with the Word of God and thus with the Living Word, with the Lord as our Lord, our roots grow deeply into the river of life.  I imagine that if we focus on that meditation, the Grand Canyon channel of fear in our life will be detoured into a healthy river where our emotions follow the direction of our human spirit which follows the direction of the Holy Spirit.

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