Leave It There

by | Aug 23, 2023

A couple of weeks ago we went to the beach for our annual summer vacation. This year I really took a second and looked at my prayer patterns leading up to that trip. Unfortunately, I am the type of person that gets pretty anxious about a trip that I’m really excited about because I don’t want anything to mess it up! So I start to get overly worried about sickness and all sorts of other things that could interfere with this trip happening. I noticed that in preparation for our trip, I kept praying for the same thing over and over again. Now don’t be mistaken, there’s nothing wrong with praying for something. There’s nothing wrong with presenting an anxiety to the Father and expecting Him to answer. In fact, the Bible instructs us to. However for me, I finally realized that what I was doing was bringing my anxieties to Him but picking them up and bringing them back with me after I said Amen. It’s as if I would picture myself laying everything at His feet like we’re supposed to but instead of leaving it there, when I said Amen and turned around to finish my day, I had picked up that same anxiety and brought it back with me. I really like The Passion Translation of 1 Peter 5:7. It says, “Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there…”  

What is the point of me taking these anxieties back with me?

It could be control issues. It could be trust issues. It could absolutely be both. The conclusion I came to is that I needed to step back and let God be God because He’s really good at His job. When I bring Him something, I need to leave it there because He can be trusted with everything I’m anxious about. 

What do you need to leave at His feet today? 

-Whitney W.