Consider Jesus’ admontions in Matthew 6 (KJ2000) to “take no thought”:
- Take no thought for your life… (v.26)
- Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? (v.27)
- And why take you thought for clothing? (v.28)
- Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or How shall we be clothed? . . . your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (vs.31,32,33)
- Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (v.34)
Clearly, our thinking can be the source of much suffering. But if we struggle against our thoughts– if we take them too seriously –they tend to multiply. And as we continue to react to them, the proliferation of thoughts– together with the unecessary (and unwise) behaviors that so often result from them –tend to generate even more suffering. However, if we take up our cross, so to speak– if we simply observe our thoughts and remain present with that which is present –excessive and superfluous thoughts will begin to dissipate and the pain which accompanies them will begin to recede. Indeed, a higher intelligence begins to flow through us the moment that we begin trusting in and relying upon the “I Am” presence which IS the living Christ.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved” (Psalm 127:1-2; cf Acts 5:38-39).
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
So instead of “taking thought” and “relying on our own insight,” let us wait upon the Lord, here and now. Learn to feel the “I Am” presence in the stillness of the present moment–in the space between the out-breath and in-breath, for example, or in the silence between each heartbeat:
- Be silent and listen (cf. Deuteronomy 27:9).
- Be still and know that “I Am” God (Psalms 46:10).
- Open your heart and dine with Him (cf. Revelation 3:20).
- Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8).
- Abide in Him as He abides in you(John 15:4).
- Pray without ceasing (I Thessalonians 5:17).
- Trust God to work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
And whatever the turn of events, don’t forget:
I Am with you always…