Wise words about “holy anxiety”

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For the past few months, I’ve been slowly reading and digesting a book called The Unnecessary Pastor. It’s been delightful and soul-filling and challenging.

This week, I came across this passage:

We all know that if we panic while taking a test, our brain will forget everything we do know because we are concentrating on what we don’t know. In the same way, if we panic over finding God’s will, we will miss the signals, the insights, the biblical truths. If we could stop giving in to our anxiety, we would discover that God wants to reveal his will to us. In God’s own perfect timing, we will know what we need to know–that is, if our minds are not closed to his renewing Spirit and if our lives are committed to God’s action through us.[1]

As we explore the possibility of moving, Mosaic is facing a pretty significant transition. Whenever the way forward is slow and not entirely clear, it’s tempting to fixate on what we don’t or can’t know. The better option is to rest confidently in what we do know, beginning with God’s character: his love, his peace, his determination to provide for us only what is good, and his exceptional willingness to redeem our mistakes.

So of course, let’s try to make the wisest decisions we can. But let’s also not forget that God wants to help us. And God wants to help fix our mistakes. So let’s not get too hung up on the possibility of getting it wrong.


[1] From Eugene Peterson & Marva Dawn, The Unnecessary Pastor; (Grand Rapids, MI / Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), p. 172. This passage is from one of Dawn’s chapters. In previous post I quoted some of Eugene Peterson’s writing from the same book. Find it here ยป

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