"Are stress and worry evidence of a soul too lazy, too undisciplined to keep gaze fixed on GOD?
To stay in love?"
(one thousand gifts, pg. 147)
Ann Voskamp's poignant question convicts.
Keeping the gaze on heaven does, indeed, require work. Daily work. Effort. Discipline.
It seems that our default button is to listen to the world's (Satan's) clamoring; demanding our attention NOW
It must be NOW
It must be THIS
It must be THAT
It must be me
But all the while GOD is close. He is patiently smiling
Waiting to bless me
If I'll just look UP
The clamor will become silent to my ear
PRAISE will arise
THANKS will be offered
driving away stress and worry