46 Plate AnalogyPosted: December 19, 2012
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
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