Put fear to rest
Friday, August 10, 2012 at 9:09AM
Shema Yisrael in Daily Living, Ice, Messiah, challenge, choking, conference, fear, rest, struggling, the fig tree, worry

It is easy to worry about things in our lives. They can be challenging, but the worry can drag us down even further. The Lord doesn’t want this for us. He wants to carry the burdens of the challenge and the worry. Yeshua said, “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28).

The Lord made this clear to me in an unusual way during the recent Messiah Conference.

At about the middle of the week I felt out of sorts and not up to dealing with a lot of people. I felt very raw and my neck and throat were very tight. So I skipped the first session and went off by myself to see if the Lord was trying to tell me something. 

I found a nice quiet spot and began praying and journaling, but I ended up falling asleep. I never sleep in public places—it's just not something I've ever been able to do, but I fell asleep at a picnic bench for about a half an hour. I woke up chastising myself for nodding off instead of listening to the Lord and went to the next session. 

During that session, Rabbi Robert Solomon talked about how we needed to rest in the Spirit instead of always trying to do something. He said that worry was choking, which was how I had been feeling all morning—like I was choking. I realized that was what I had been doing outside—resting in the presence of God. 

Then I went to lunch. While in the lunch line, a little girl pushed in line next to me to get some ice. In the process, an ice chip flew down my shirt. Needless to say, I was shocked!

I returned to my table and told my dad what happened. 

"Maybe God is trying to tell you to chill out," he said.

"Funny you should say that,” I laughed and told him about my morning. So the Lord finally managed to get through to me that I needed to stop worrying about certain areas in my life, leave them with Him, and He will handle it!

By Elizabeth Appel, manager of the Fig Tree Bookstore

Article originally appeared on Congregation Shema Yisrael - Rochester NY (http://www.shemayisrael.org/).
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