As part of the Christmas Carol services at Mosaiek last week, the community was invited to participate in a moment using the lights on their mobile phones. Questions were flashed on the multimedia screens, and you were asked to flash your light if you answered yes to the question.
One of the questions were:
“Are you worried about the future?”
This picture was taken at that exact moment by my friend Jennis Williamson.
Everywhere people were raising their phones and keeping it up, acknowledging a shared concern for the future.
I was standing on the stage, moments before I had to talk. I literally had to compose myself.
As the year 2016 come to and end, may I ask you: What is it that you are most worried about?
What keeps you up at night? What makes your insides knot and turn?
Would you be honest about it? To yourself, at least? And to God?
Often we think that to be spiritual is to transcend everything we face here on earth. Our prayers are filled with cliches, hiding our fears and worries.
How different would your life be if you could be honest about your worries?
Philippians 4:6-7 invites us: Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Notice how the invitation is not to be pretend that everything is OK when it’s not. The invitation is to let God know what you concerns are. Take a paper. List them. The double click on each one and explore what it is that makes you worried. Often doing just that, helps us to see everything in context, and the anxiety dissipates. Sometimes nothing changes. But to acknowledge it and sharing it with God, are first steps to a new awareness of God’s wholeness – everything coming together for good.
May we learn to do just that in 2017.