“Don’t make mountains out of molehills,” goes the saying. Poor ants . . . everything looks
like a mountain to them — even the molehill itself! Sometimes I feel like an ant — so small and insignificant in God’s universe, left to forge ahead around the never-ending obstructions thrown into my path.One day not too long ago, God had been doing some surgery on my heart,
revealing to me the need to deal with some hurts from the past. The inner turmoil needed to be extracted by the root — its gnarly edges were finding their way into everyday life, into my peaceful pasture —confusing my ability to deal with the present. I was having huge amounts of anxiety from the tiniest triggers and having dreams, flash backs, body shakes, and other reactions. But as I sat down with the Lord to try to figure it out with Him and process through it, I couldn’t. My mind would block me — let me go so far, then go blank — like a door in my mind was locked with a key I didn’t have. I was getting even more worked up and discouraged, but wanting to figure it out so I could apply God’s Word to solve everything.
Then I looked down at the book I was studying and saw what John had written:
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
In the midst of a passage about the blessing of having a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, inside of us and the futility of trying to see results on my own terms, rather than submitting to the ways and methods of my Father; I found great comfort and peace.
For someone like me who knows how wonderful it is to lay down her burdens at the feet of Christ and walk in His way of freedom and joy, it is a good reminder to me that “I” don’t figure out how to use God’s Word to heal myself. The Holy Spirit is the one who speaks from the Father what I need to hear when I am able to hear it (John 16:13). And His words have the power to heal and illuminate (Jeremiah 17:14),( Matthew 4:16-17).
My heart was encouraged because, even if the current anxiety seemed like a mountain to me, it was only a molehill to the God who created heaven and earth. He was looking after me to provide a way for me to have peace. As ominous and threatening to overtake my future as the shadows of the past seemed, He was fully aware and able to blow them away with a gentle whisper of His voice.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men! Psalm 107:28-31
About the Writer:
Lyndsay has been many things in her past, but no career, experience, or calling define her more than the desire to follow after Christ in response to His gracious work in her life. At present, she teaches movement classes and works as a wellness consultant in addition to loving her amazing husband and raising her daughter to know and love the Lord.