One simple tip to help you overcome insecurity
A Labrador ran into us on a walking trail on Sunday.
It had the saddest eyes. We took one look at it and knew it was lost. It ran from group to group looking for the people it belonged too.
As we walked along the path, we kept asking people if they’d lost a dog. Each person said, “Are you talking about the Labrador? It looks so lost.”
Sometimes I look just as lost as that dog.
I’ve spent a lot of my life feeling insecure and anxious. In many ways I’m that lost Labrador running around God’s Kingdom saying, “Am I yours?” and “Do you want me?”
There’s a famous story in the Bible about Jesus feeding 5000 people from five loaves and two fish:
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
I often wonder what would have happened when Jesus fed the 5000, if he forgot whom he belonged to, and grabbed for himself first, scared that there wouldn’t be enough to go around.
If Jesus had said to his disciples, “You take those four loaves and one fish and hope it’s enough to feed the 12 of you. I need the other loaf and fish or I won’t have the strength to preach.”
I think Jesus didn’t act that way because he was secure.
When I look at Jesus I see a man who knew whom he belonged to.
I look at his Son, Jesus, and I know that being God’s beloved doesn’t guarantee an easy life or the outcome that I want. But there is something about the way that Jesus lived his life with wild trust in the one that made him that I want to emulate.
When I forget that I belong to God I get all insecure. I start to worry about tomorrow. I fear I won’t have enough money to the pay bills and I start thinking that no one likes me. I start grabbing every thing in site and hoarding it for myself – just in case – because I forget God will look after me.
It’s only recently that I’ve started to feel more secure as a Child of God.
There is one simple thing I’ve done that has changed all this for me. I’ve started praying, “Abba, I belong to you” most nights as I fall to sleep and that’s made such a big difference to me accepting my identity in Jesus.
I don’t only pray it as I fall to sleep. I pray it as I wait for big results. I pray it when I’m not sure of the outcomes. I pray it as I walk our dog.
I find reassurance in the idea that I am God’s beloved.
Treasured, liked, precious to him.
Jesus lived out of a place of security, loved out of heart of abundance and gave out of a well that never ran dry.
That is what security does. Security allows us to trust that God will always have more for us, he’ll always take care of us, and he’ll never leave us.
If you’re hungry to leave your insecurity behind and trust the one who hung the stars just to take your breath away here’s a prayer to pray:
Lord, you know I’m still figuring out who I am in you but thank you that I don’t need to wonder around lost looking for a place to belong.
Abba, I belong to you. I belong to the one who breathed life into my dead bones, paints the sky to remind me of new mercies and provides a safe harbour when storms rage.
I desire to be more like Jesus. I want his untamed trust in you. He could laugh at the days ahead because he knew you held tomorrow, his finances and fears.
Today, as I live out of a place of security help me to know in the most hidden parts of me that I am yours and you are mine.