Things here at Ikonograph have been crazy. Seems I’ve stumbled into a self-perpetuating upward spiral of Google search activity since a few weeks ago after I received a new link from a blog coming out of New Zealand. Seems that my post on Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker is still a hot topic. Or at least as hot as it gets around here.
My personal life has been much nuttier.
Long story short I have had some severe demands on my time, in a very good way. Some significant changes for myself and my family are on the table. It’s the kind of thing that takes such a long time that after a while, it just needs to resolve, already. That said I stumbled into some sweet relief from the stress of recent events: spending time with my family.
As you can see the Fudge family carved pumpkins today in honor of -erm, the fall harvest. This was the pumpkin my son, Caleb, and I did. Caleb mostly scooped the entrails out of said pumpkin. There’s no way I’m letting that kid anywhere near a knife. The best part is that when he rounded third to see the finished product, he totally jumped! He had that “Uh…I’m not so sure about this…wait, it’s a pumpkin.” look on his face.
It was a great departure from the roller-coaster of emotions that have been sifting through my head, not to mention the long hours in the home office. I was meditating earlier in the day about anxiety and the cure for it. Particularly, I though of Paul’s words:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Out of this I was thinking of a handful of things that are a sure remedy for anxiety:
- Pray. Recognize your dependence on God in light of His kind intention and sovereign will.
- Pray for others. I find that during times of trial, my prayers tends to center around my own needs. Praying vigorously for others is just what is needed sometimes to take the blinders off and remember that you are not the center of the universe.
- Meditate of the centrality of Christ. Take the problems that are consuming your thoughts and reinterpret in light of the fact that all things are by Him, through Him, and unto Him (Colossians 1:16). The immediate circumstances of your life find their meaning only in serving His greater plan.
- Serve others. Carve a pumpkin for your kids. Get out from between your ears (the smallest, most cramped, most uncomfortable place in the world). Set your affections of God by serving others (Galatians 5:14).
Clearly, the cure for your problems is to look past yourself. Absolutely attend to your spiritual needs in prayer, but don’t live there. Get out. Carve a pumpkin to the glory of God.