Tension comes in three tenses. We worry about the mistakes and misfortunes of yesterday or yesteryear; we’re anxious about today with its trials and troubles; and we are apprehensive about the future, which is as uncertain as the wind. Robert J. Morgan
I’d like to think that if I were standing in the middle of the woods and was looking straight up at these gorgeous trees, I’d take a deep breath, exhale, and relax.
And I probably would.
For about 60 seconds tops.
Then, I’d likely fall back into my more common state of tension worrying about everything covered shared in Morgan’s quote above.
Which is why just getting out into nature isn’t enough for me…I mean, seriously, can a tree (or a bunch of them) really calm my troubled heart? While I can appreciate their beauty and spend a few moments relaxing in their presence…nature in all its glory can’t comfort me at 3:00am when I wake up worrying about…
The only rest I find at that early and often desperate hour in between bedtime and breakfast time is looking to the One who can help me, rescue me, comfort me, and console me.
And every single problem I have had, can have, and will have, is covered here.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness sake for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Don’t you feel the tension just slip away? I do.