God’s Word for Today: Paranoia
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Paranoia strikes deep. Into your mind it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. Step out of line, the men come and take you away… Quite the song by Buffalo Springfield back in the day. I learned it in High School Swing choir. I will say no more.
It is amazing how being paranoid of something is so very crippling. Right now, I have the fear, sitting in the back of my brain, that my life will lead to the same thing my Mom, my Grandma Grace, and now my Uncle Corky is going through. Talk about something that strikes deep, Alzheimer’s goes straight to the middle of your brain and slowly turns it to scrambled eggs.
Every time I feel tired in the middle of the day, my paranoia kicks in. I distinctly remember Mom in her early stages of Alzheimer’s saying that she always felt tired. Paranoia rears its ugly head. It is almost crippling in itself.
Jesus had the right to be the most paranoid person on this planet. No matter how many people he healed. No matter the count of persons raised from the dead. No matter how much of the Good Word and Good News he spread. Jesus knew when and how He was going to die.
I believe if I was Jesus, I would have run the other way. I would have spent a lot of time turning water to wine and then consuming that wine so I could forget my destiny. I would have had a fleet of ships that knew which side of the boat to cast their nets, haul in huge amounts of fish, and made a tremendous amount of money. I would have ridden on the best horse, wore the fanciest of clothes, ate at only the best restaurants Jerusalem and the surrounding cities had. I would have lived like a king. Yet, I still would have been paranoid. I would have had that little whisper in my ear “your time is coming soon”. I could not have enjoyed all the riches my hard work provided. Or, I would have given up. I would have stayed in a little corner of my life afraid to take any path out of the norm. I would have feared the art of taking a chance. God’s path would be crippled.
Do you understand the direction this analogy is going? Can you relate to having the nice house, the newest fanciest car, fine dining, and clothes that your friends would just die to have? Or, are you forever in the pursuit of such enticements. What is the purpose of all that gain? What paranoia is robbing the joy you are working so hard for? Is there a little voice telling you that you could possibly lose it all? Or, is there a voice crippling you with fear of the unknown? A paranoia that causes you simply to just exist? If you knew exactly the date and how you were going to die, would you live your life any different? Will you always be looking for something better?
Today know that God provides the only out for Paranoia. You can spend the rest of your days searching for that one item that erases your fears. Or, you can choose to give them to God. It is called Everlasting Life. Once you have a taste of those 2 words and the Light of comfort, joy, freedom, peace, strength, security, and love to others it offers, you will never look back. Except maybe to wave goodbye to Paranoia.
Prayer: Dear Lord, master of my world. I thank you for giving me a choice. Forgive me for every crooked path I have ever taken. Forgive me more for my Paranoia that cripples me and takes me to places far away from your Grace and Love. Today, I want that to change. I give my fears to you God. In Jesus’, who trusted only in you, name I pray. Amen and amen.