Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worry 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. Philippians 4:6-7 (THE MESSAGE)
This morning Saeed Abadini was released from Iranian prison. This pastor was in Iran building an orphanage. I do not know all of the details of his capture or release but I do know that people all over the world have been praying for him.
As I meditated on these verses today I thought of his wife Naghmeh and what she must have gone through. I cannot even imagine! She must have had days and days of despair while clinging with all her might to the mane of the Lion of Judah, Christ her Lord. No contact with the man she loves, the father of her children, for 3 years. Our minds go to the worst of horrors if we let them. She most likely had doubts, sleepless nights, well meaning friends giving advice but, reading about her faith, I am sure the word of God was her most trusted advisor.
The Apostle Paul reminds us here to take our worry and make it a prayer. My granddaughter is away at college far away from any parental protection. I am blessed to know that our mighty God is walking beside her protecting her every step. I wrote a blog last year about a shooting at her university. Our cousin attends there and was there when the shooter was targeting “pretty blonde sorority girls” and she fit that description to a tee. As I calmly dialed her mom’s phone number I prayed with all my heart for her safety. My “mom worry” was on tilt and could really feel my heart stop as I heard the news. I was reassured when her mom told me she was OK and safe. Breathe.
Easy to say don’t worry because we are human. Taking that worry to God is remarkable. Choosing to give it to Him, lay it at His feet, relieves the mind and frees us up to praise and worship. We become constructive when we release. Holding on to worry is destructive to our mind, body and soul. Our minds build a prison for us. Giving this worry to God frees our mind and we trust and know no matter what happens God will use it for our good and His glory.
God bless the Pastor Saeed and his family as they are reunited and can decompress. God bless all who were released today. God’s timing is perfect. Cast your cares on Him dear one because He cares for you. ️ #whenyouwalkwiththewise