The news reported today that the cities of Philadelphia and Los Angeles have set deadlines for those occupying Dilworth Plaza in Philadelphia and the grounds surrounding City Hall in Los Angeles to pack up their tents and belongings and move out—or face forcible removal.
I wonder if I could employ the same strategy with the distractions, worries, anxieties, and concerns that occupy my mind. I am tired of these issues consuming my time, energy, and thinking. I go to bed thinking about them. I wrestle with them all night long. I wake up thinking about them. Rather than contribute to my wellbeing, the occupying forces siphon off my creativity, steal my joy, and drain my reservoir of energy. Without clear answers, I wind up spinning my wheels going nowhere. Worst of all, they keep me from focusing on what is most important.
It is time for the worries, anxieties, and concerns to pack up and leave. Since they won’t leave voluntarily, perhaps it is time to follow the instructions of Scripture and forcibly remove them.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)