46 Plate Analogy

Letting frozen emotions thaw elicits fear in us because our emotions feel so raw and out of control.  We fear what we might do if we let ourselves to experience our feelings.  We reason, “I need to control myself!”  However, control does not work.  We cannot stop ourselves from feeling altogether.  Moreover, emotions energize our lives.  Existence without emotions becomes dull, dry, boring and lifeless.  Then how do we do life in the midst of feeling out of control?

Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name—the name You gave Me—so that they may be one as We are One…My prayer is not that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one.  John 17:11, 15 (emphasis mine)

God gave me an analogy to help me sense His protection.  I received it while carrying a bowl of soup back to my desk on my lunch break.  For many years, ramen noodles have been a regular part of my lunch at work. One of my employers provided paper bowls—you know, the ones with wax to stiffen them—which I used for my soup.  These bowls were flimsy and made spilling easy.  Using a plate underneath the bowl, however, provided protection from spills.  This led me to the plate analogy.

You see, while walking back to my desk I realized that Jesus provides a huge “plate” under my life.  This holds true for all of us who rest in Him.  Whatever we may “spill”, mistakes or even willful sin, Jesus has already taken these into Himself.  “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

Jesus prayed for our protection.  He also gave us the privilege of praying in His name.  Whenever we feel afraid or out of control we can pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. (John 14-17)

Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

Learning to rest on Jesus and let God be God,

Noah Woodrich

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45 Frozen Emotions

When we rest we find awareness of our deep thoughts and feelings.  When we have pain and unresolved issues, we often stay busy to numb ourselves from them.  Busyness wars against our spiritual life.  As we allow thoughts and feelings about our pain and issues to surface, we need to open ourselves to hear from God.  We need to invite Him into the deep places of our hearts.  In the place of being still, we cry out to God and receive His Spirit.

Surely, You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.  …Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Psalm 51:6, 10-12

When we shut down our emotions, we block the Holy Spirit.  Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is a Gentleman.  He knocks at the door of our hearts, but doesn’t enter unless invited. (Rev. 3:20)  When we invite the Holy Spirit to go into the recesses of our hearts, we need to be open to experiencing His comfort and attending emotions.  We may want to numb or ignore our emotions.  These emotions can become “frozen” when we choose to barricade them from our awareness.  As children we learned this strategy to cope with the unruliness of our emotions.  The barricades led us to numb or disregard our emotions.  However, God has given us our emotions to work through problems.  Ignoring emotions does not make them go away.  Our emotions are a part of us and not separable from the rest of our being.

When we become aware or present to our emotions we give God access to them.  We cannot heal ourselves, but we can block healing.  We want to experience joy, but we need to work through pain to get to joy.  At times we will experience pain followed by times of joy and release.  God does not hold us in pain.  We might hold ourselves in pain.  He wants to heal us.  We find support from God as we cry out to Him.  Moreover, we can find people who support us.  They can help us discover new ways to break through our barricades, experience our emotions and then manage them.  We need support from safe people.  We cannot heal alone.  We trust and depend on God alone and receive people only as servants from His hand.

As an example, after years of opening myself to God’s healing, I still had frozen emotions.  I acted in anger without feeling it.  With encouragement, I attended an anger management class led by a safe teacher (a safe person and servant from God’s hand).  In an exercise from the class (STOP exercise, a helpful tool), I found that I did have anger!  Over the years, I continued the exercise and discovered other deep emotions and their roots.  As I heard God speaking His love over me, He worked a deeper healing within my heart.

Warmed by His embrace,

Noah Woodrich

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44 Strive to Enter

Strive to enter His rest. Hebrews 4:11

This verse seems to be contradictory. Which is it? Should we “strive” or “rest”? We need to “strive to enter His rest” because we continue to work even when we could be done for the day. We give ourselves permission to rest only when we feel exhausted. Why rest? We rest because in resting we acknowledge God’s work in us. Our rest says that Jesus’ work on the cross was good enough. In rest we worship God.

“Strive to enter His rest.” We like to work. We want to prove ourselves worthy of His love! Yet God’s love leads us to humble ourselves before Him and receive salvation as His gift to us.

“Strive to enter His rest.” We don’t like these words. It’s too easy to rest. We want to rest, don’t we? It’s not so bad, after all! Resting even feels good! We like it! Why didn’t we try this, sooner? We need to develop rest as a new habit. But the minute we rest, we realize our restlessness. We don’t like how we feel when we rest. Rest seems unattainable. How can we rest when our minds will not allow rest? Our bodies want rest. But we have the habit of work. Resting seems so unnatural and wrong. We find that we want to rest much of the time. How about all of the time? Do we need to see a doctor? The doctor says we are fine, nothing to worry. That’s just it! We habitually worry! We need to do something about our worry! What can we do? We need to change our thinking!

“Strive to enter His rest.” After our bodies have received some sleep, our minds wake us. We lie awake at night worrying about our days. We feel tired during the day, but push ourselves to keep working. At night we sleep for awhile, then awaken and start the cycle all over again.

“Strive to enter His rest.” These words mock us. We get irritated with the words and the God Who said them. Do we join Job in His complaint against God? Do you see us, God? Take pity!

“Strive to enter His rest.” We are convinced, but how to we enter His rest? This world is crazy, full of sin, evil and disorder. Life keeps getting more difficult and hope seems elusive.

“Strive to enter His rest.” God is serious. He has given us His word. He keeps speaking to us, if only we will slow down long enough to listen. Will we listen? Will we believe God? Will we trust Him to take care of us? God has done the work, already. We just need to enter. We don’t like this answer. Back to where we started. Who will rescue us? God is rescuing us. We are learning to receive His love and loving Him in return. “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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