I have to share something with you. It is something that has been changing the way I think quite dramatically.
Do you ever have days when thoughts just roll around and around in your head?
How will this work out? How will I solve this problem?
Will my husband find a new job? How will we pay these bills?
Will my son get into the school we want? Will he make good friends? Will he be happy there?
When will the problems at work resolve?
The questions can go on forever, can't they?
I confess, I am a natural over-thinker. However, I think it would be safe to say, we all over think at some point in our lives. I am such a natural born over-thinker, I am able to incorporate it into my prayer life as well. Clever, right? So, I can be praying to God but still praying my questions over and over again.
It is good to bring our cares to God. In fact, he calls us to do this many times throughout the bible. Me saying them over and over again is not necessary though.
That is why this one little phrase broke through my over-thinking brain AND why I think it could do the same for you too.
Once Around Jericho
Once around Jericho.
This one little phrase I read in a brilliant little book by Jill Briscoe, called The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes.
Jericho, in the Bible, was a city the Israelites were instructed to take over. It seemed impossible. The Lord instructed them to wake up and march around the city once a day. (You can read more of the battle of Jericho in 6 Joshua 6)
Now, switch your thinking. Jericho is the battle or the problem you face each day. Just like the Israelites were instructed to wake up each day and march around Jericho, Jill encourages us to wake up each day and march around our problems once. Give them some thought, think about the different angles, pray through it all....and then leave it with God.
Once around Jericho. For those of us who over-think things, it still lets us think about the problem, bring it before God but then gives us the permission and the freedom to leave it there for the rest of the day.
Once around Jericho. It allows the freedom to trust God. It allows the freedom to go into the day with the strength of the Lord, rather than drained from constant worrying over our problems.
Once around Jericho. This honors God. It places our faith in God and it lets God's refreshing love wash over us each and every day.
God loves us and He has a plan for our lives to bring us hope and a future. All the bumps and worries along the way never surprise God. They are simply opportunities to press into God further and let Him be Lord of every aspect of our lives.
So, the next time you have a worry that you can't stop thinking about, remember, once around Jericho.