- Andy Cherry
So I've been on the road. A lot.
In fact in the past 6 weeks I've been in 21 different states, some of them twice. If that seems like on obscene amount of travel to you, then you're pretty sharp.
When you are living the life of a traveling minstrel you start to notice recurring themes in the people you meet.
A few things I've been noticing in the past few weeks:
1. People are tired
They're exhausted from working at dead end jobs; they've had it with the state of unrest our nation is in. Their hearts are broken from relationships that aren't what they were supposed to be and they don't feel like they can go another day. People are tired.
2. People are dying
As I wrote that sentence my heart was immediately drawn to the countless stories I hear about people losing loved ones. If you have lost someone dear to you, know that my heart hurts for you, and that I am praying for you right now.
I myself have witnessed death first hand too many times to count in the past couple years. Cancer, car accidents, suicides, murder, overdoses, miscarriages, still births - all of these tragedies have come into the path of me and the people I love.
Death, and the excruciating brevity of life are all around us.
3. People are afraid
They are concerned about where the next mortgage payment is coming from. They are anxious about whether or not they will have a job tomorrow. People are afraid of nuclear holocaust, bird flu, swine flu, and whatever other flu it is we are supposed to be afraid of this year.
Fear is attacking people all over the world and winning most of the battles.
Before you think that this is the most depressing blog post you have ever read let me say a couple things.
I am struggling through these things with you.
I have sleepless nights of worry, I have days filled with anxiety over peoples opinions of me, over the condition our society is in. I am overwhelmed at times by the weight of life. I get discouraged too - looking around and seeing that our whole world is built of temporary things.
We are completely enveloped by things that do not last. Possessions, homes, relationships, jobs, all will eventually fade or disappear entirely. Politicians will disappoint (Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, Occupiers, all of them) us and lie to us. People (even our celebrity pastors and Christian rock stars) we put on pedestals will eventually fail us in one way or another.
So I have a daily choice to make. Do I put my stock in things that last or in things that fade?
I know what you're saying - "Easier said than done."
Isaiah 40 6-8 says this:
“All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
We are reminded here of two crucial truths.
1. We are temporary
2. God is not
I want to be so filled with the knowledge of God's power and presence in this world that every time the enemy tries to bring me down with fear I have unlimited ammunition of truth to combat him.
I want that for you too.
Before we have that understanding we first have to be able to recognize that fear and anxiety is not from God. God wants you and me to be able to see through the smoke and focus on his promises. It says in Psalm 33 that God's eyes are on those who trust in him and those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Why can't we trust in a love that never fails? Why are we so stubborn that we will always choose things we can see over the truth of God? Well for one, it’s easier. It’s easier to focus on the brokenness around us rather than fix our eyes on the unseen. (2 Corinthians 4:18.)
The unseen is eternal. The seen is temporary.
Focus your heart on the truth.
He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will never change his mind about you.
Not the lies of the enemy.
We have a hope and a freedom in the presence of a loving God. We don't have to be slaves to the temporary anymore.
If this blog resonates with you take a second and pray this with me.
God sometimes I am absolutely terrified. The instability and uncertainty of tomorrow overwhelm me. But, I don't want to let fear to control me. I don't want my life to be defined by temporary things. I want my foundation to be your promises. I want to build my life on the truth of who you are, not the doubt that can seem to consume me sometimes. I believe you are with me, I believe you are for me, I believe you have only good intentions for me. Deliver me from fear Lord and may you receive all the glory from a life that is focused on what lasts not on the temporary.
Andy Cherry is a Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader from Charlotte, North Carolina where he lives with his wife Michelle and their dog Piper. He just released his first album "Nothing Left to Fear" on March 6th.