Lightbulb moments (AKA massive grace moments) this morning. Our Chaplain spoke from Matthew 7:24-27, and Psalm 127. The verse from Matthew is very familiar. Psalm 127 1-2, not so much. It was actually verse 2 that really struck home this morning. “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved sleep.”
I’ve heard things like “fear is the absence of faith”, and “if you have faith, you have no fear”. It always sounds good, but, well, you know….the “what ifs” just really overpower the whole sentiment. Psalm 127:2 really seemed to clear it up for me. I thought about some of the things that I have worried about. I know that worry doesn’t make it better, or make it go away. Sometimes it just blows whatever the worry is way out of proportion. This verse describes me pretty well. I wake up worrying about something, feed myself (at least 3 meals – and usually many more) daily with worry, and stay awake at night worrying. Not every day – but when something is troubling me. None of it does any good (in hindsight). At the time, it seems like the thing to do, though.
This verse is a wonderful reminder to remember what (Who) I have built my foundation on, and to remain secure in the knowledge that I am right where I am supposed to be at this moment. I can choose to be sleep deprived and feast on worry, or rest easy on my solid foundation and be nourished by grace.