Letting go of the cosmos…
Have you ever felt a busyness where you can’t be present and peaceful in, well… the present? You’re so busy, every moment you have apart from the madness must be spent planning your next moments, your next days. In fact, you feel like you’re always trying to put pieces together, make it all fit nice and neat. You’re planning your week, your month, your whole life while doing the daily laundry or driving to work.
Why is that? It’s like we feel the whole world around us will crumble if we don’t have an action plan. If we don’t orient our next move, I think we believe the whole thing falls apart. Personally, this is why I have trouble sleeping some nights. I’m stressed over things that haven’t happened yet. I’m mentally preparing myself for all sorts of situations that may or may not happen, and I’m dwelling on what to do when that thing happens next month and changes everything.
I stumbled across a verse a while back which, as I let it sink deeper into my heart, enables me to let these things go.
Colossians 1:15-17 NIV
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
In Him (Jesus), all things were created.
Let that hit home. Everything.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
This. Write this on a post it note and stick it in your car, on your computer, or on your door. Make it your phone’s background. He holds all things together. Everything we see is held together by Jesus, who also created it. It’s all going somewhere, towards new creation. The whole heavens and earth is being reconciled to Him.
It’s going to be okay. You know the thing, the one you’re staying up late and waking up early to figure out? It’s going to be okay. It’s not the end of the world if it turns out different. Your life isn’t a failure if you mess up something. It’s not going to be the travesty you think if you failed to plan another thing. Or if you couldn’t have possibly seen that coming, even that is going to be okay.
Whatever it is, He holds it all together.
And because of this, I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to bear the weight of the cosmos on my shoulders and attempt to hoist it up. It’s being held, and it’s being reconciled, renewed, created afresh in Jesus…
Rest in Him. Let Him have the weight of the cosmos, He can take the weight. We can’t.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? … So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans(those who do not know God) run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:25-28, selected verses.
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