Today, I'm working to keep my head up and heart open, singing this song as a remedy for worrying. I offer it to you on a day when I am facing some doubts and worries, trusting this song will help me return to an attitude of gratitude.
Once again, I'm thankful for the woman I sing with, @wildfamily, who is with me for the 12th consecutive week here on Steemit Open Mic.
“I Am With You”
Each one is sheltered under my shield
The birds who flourish in the air
Are fed and nourished under my care
In the water you drink in a heartbeat
I am with you in the instant when
You invite me into your thoughts and prayers
When you know the one who brings the rain
Will you grow lonely on a mountaintop
When you know the one above the mountain
In all the sands in all the earth
I am with you in the lion’s den
In the fiery furnace in the whirlwind
🌞 🌜 🌟
Growing up, I often wrestled with stomach aches, worrying about the future. Will mom and dad stay together? How will we be able to pay the bills? I wondered about the worst possible outcomes. Even worse than my own stresses over school and relationships, I worried about my parents.
My fears became real when I was 16. My parents divorced. Then we couldn't afford the house. And then my dad passed. By then, surrendering to the hardships in my present situation, something shifted in my anxiety. I felt like that line in the Eagles song, Take it Easy.
I got a peaceful easy feeling and I know you won't let me down, 'cause I'm already standing on the ground.
At the time, I attended a Christian church, and that's where I was introduced to a selection of Bible verses that spoke to me about worrying. These words are referenced in this song here, attributed to Jesus, in Matthew 6:26-28:
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them... Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil, neither do they spin.
These words say it straight: nothing is achieved through worrying. In fact, in some ways, I believe worrying can actually worsen our life situations. I've heard that stomach aches are commonly related to emotional stress, i.e. anxiety. And I also believe that when we worry, we actually materialize our thoughts.
I find peace and joy in the remembrance that the wildflowers grow, bloom, and flourish. The birds fly, sing, and play. Even in the desert. These are reminders that Provider does provide. The Creator does create. I find real peace and comfort in this. It eases my mind and softens my heart. It allows me to breathe gently and feel light.
Thanks to @luzcypher for bringing us Steemit Open Mic Week #105. Thanks to the sponsors: @pfunk, @ausbitbank, @curie, and @isaria, who keep this community challenge rewarding in more ways than one. Thanks to the community who keeps it fresh, and vibrant.
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