Guest Post~Julie West Garmon
Julie has been one of my BFF’s since 8th grade! She and I got married within a week of each other…(hers lasted, mine didn’t) we
had kids together, learned how to be wives & mom’s together, mourned together, laughed together…we’re forever buds.
Julie was helping pull me out of a pit the other day and I asked her to write her encouragement to me as a guest post. (She had already written it for a devotion for church, she’s always 2 steps ahead!)
I soooo loved the word picture of me and my darn pallet…see if you can relate?
Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your pallet, and walk.” John 5:8
I have this theory.
I think some of us, maybe most of us, struggle with at least one thing in life. My one thing is fear. It’s weird. If I allow even one pipsqueak of a fear to tiptoe through my thoughts, it stirs others.
What if your mind goes blank when you’re speaking to a crowd of people?
What if this mole isn’t just a mole?
What if Thomas hurts his leg again?
When I’m really honest with myself, I hate the truth—it feels more natural to worry and be afraid. Maybe I get charged on the energy. Who knows?
Sometimes, many times, in my prayer journal I write, “Jesus, I know I must be wearing You out with this same old same old.” But He never panics. His timing is always perfect. I sense Him smiling at me—laughing in a kind, relaxed sort of way. As I read these seven words from John 5 I can almost here Him say:
“Arise, take up your pallet, and walk, Julie. You don’t have to stay in your fear, all huddled under the sheets today. You’ve been stuck here on your pallet before, remember? Get up, girl. Get outta that sick bed. You have a life to live. Freedom—if you want it. You can do all things through Me. I alone strengthen you.”
When I take His hand and let Him lead, the fear scrams. Every single time.
Lord, I’m reaching for Your hand today. Let’s dance again.
My one thing, like Julie’s, is also fear. Julie’s fear leads her to worry. My fear leads me to extreme stress. Today, I’m going to take up my pallet and take His hand…what’s your one thing?