I love this quote by Emmet Fox. It reminds me to take a deep breath and relax, knowing that there is a bigger, better perspective on any given situation than I could possibly have.
“Infinite Wisdom knows a simple way out of every difficulty, a simple answer to every problem, a beautiful and joyous solution to any dilemma that can come to anyone, and it is only our ingrained habit of limiting God that keeps Him from giving us perfect harmony. Do not limit the power of God for good in your life.”
It takes courage to let go of fear, and to think beyond the usual borders of limitation. The known limits makes me feel safe, even as I really understand they are restrictive instead of freeing. But if I can get to the point of releasing my fear and anxiety, even if it’s just 30 seconds at a time, the reality of this truth has the opportunity to present itself to me, and then I can make the decision to rely completely on the wisdom of God to find the solution I need. I replace these kind of thoughts, there’s no way out, I can’t do it, it’ll never happen, with these, nothing’s impossible with God, I don’t know but God does, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
And I have to remind myself, don’t miss the simple solutions. I find as soon as I’ve asked for God’s help, I start looking for spectacular results. Sometimes (very occasionally!) there are. But more often, problems sort of just dissolve, circumstances change just a little, my own attitudes may shift just a bit, and suddenly, I can’t remember what all the fuss was about.
I’ve discovered that I’m all too quick to slap labels on things; asking for and getting a great parking spot is easy, but a child ill with cancer is hard. Unfortunately, these labels set up limits in my own heart and mind, and make me forget that God doesn’t deal in easy and hard, but deals in terms of possible versus impossible. Abraham, Jeremiah, is anything too hard for the Lord?* Mary, nothing will be impossible with God.* All things are possible for one who believes.* Again, it takes courage to let go of fear. It takes a lot of courage to ignore the haunting question, What if it doesn’t work?
There are life and death kinds of things we have to deal with that frustratingly don’t seem to yield, no matter what we do. Sometimes it feels like there’s so much at stake, like all the air is being sucked out of the world and you can’t catch your breath. Even then, or especially then, it’s still all about releasing the fear, about letting go of expectations and asking for the divine solution, believing in the limitless goodness of God.
In this moment of time, there is no where else you have to be. There’s nothing else you should be doing. Close your eyes and breathe. Take that deep breath in, and slowly let it out. Thank God that He has only good in mind for you. Take another breath, slowly, deeply. Open your hands and let go of fear, any fear, all fear. Breathe in peace, calmness, quiet. Breathe out worry, anxiety, turmoil, let it go. Think of the love of God filling every space where there used to be worry and fear. Listen in the quiet, the solution will come, one step at time. It will come, simply, beautifully, joyously, like a quiet melody, it will come. It will come.
*Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:27; Luke 1:37; Mark 9:23