Tuesday, May 02, 2006

When anxiety was great within me...I Blogged?

The following postcards are from a site called postsecret.com. Let me be upfront: as with any confession, the site is somewhat difficult to read. It is real. It is sweet at points. It is offensive at points. It is not all 'G' rated.

I have just found out that I can post only one image as a link to : www.postsecret.blogspot.com. This I have now corrected with apologies.

The site exists for many reasons. One is that that you could speak out in your anxiety. If you have a secret and no one to tell, you can spend some time thinking and creating and putting shape to your secret, then posting it for someone to hear. You could be angry. You may be humbled. You are probably anxious and feeling guilty. You may be trying to confess something to someone ‘out there’.

What a powerful concept.

I assure you that I post these pictures with not a single bone of judgment in my body. Just sorrow.

These are also incredible:

I joined the military.
I hope someone breaks your heart
I built this house for my heart
I hope you will like me more
This is my favourite one -- Its more happy!

My overwhelming reaction is that the people posting these notices are trying to pray in some oblique way -- and indeed they might start actually praying if they trusted in Jesus Christ through whom we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I feel deeply for these people. I guess I am one of them.

And at the same time, I feel the liberation declared by the Apostle John: “Dear Friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.

If you’ve got this far, please do me a favour: make it a point to meditate [by clicking on and reading] these verses:

Cast all your anxiety on him: 1 Peter 5:7
You are my hiding place: Psalm 37:1-7
When anxiety was great within me: Psalm 94:17-19
Though the fig tree does not bud: Habakkuk 3:16-19

Love, Justin.

PS What are the other good Bible verses that help?
And by the way, be careful how you post a comment. :)

11 comments:

Em said...

I felt deep sadness as I read those cards Justin. But, in recent days I have been reflecting on Psalm 103 and it reminds me that "As a Father has compassion on His children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him, for He knows how we are formed..." The other passage that comes to mind is Psalm 139 how it reminds us that God knows us intimately. He knows everything about us. And whilst that is a bizarre and overwhelming thought, it is truley comforting to know that He cares deeply for us.
It is also mind blowing to think that He cares so much, that He would send Jesus so we can be part of His family.
We must pray for those who don't yet know the freedom that comes with knowing Christ. Galatians 5 reminds me of that freedome.
Well, enough from me.
See you Wednesday night....

Imogen said...

a lot has been mentioned about prayer at church at the moment. Its great to be focusing on it and discussing it so much more. I was so encouraged to be reminded that we can approach God's throne with all the confidence of his children; able to request massive things, aswell as being able to come knowing that he cares so much about all our sometimes insignificant anxities. what a privelage.

Hebrews 4:15-17
15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

michael jensen said...

All I can say is:

um.

wow.

MPJ

chelsea said...

wow. I have seen that site before, and reading those cards you posted brought me great sadness as it did then.
It definately makes me thankful though that I am blessed with the knowledge and love of JEsus that allows me to bring everything and anything to Him knowing He knows whats best, He listens, and He loves. While i read those cards wishing these people too knew that, it is definately a comfort, as Em actually said, that He knows what we are thinking and feeling anyway. If only we could tell these people that! I guess it just inspires me more to share this good new with more people! And while these cards do seem like prayers, as you;ve said, we can also pray on their behalf!
Anyway, thanks Justin, definately important to remember, and those are very cool verses too, thank you!
Hope you and the fam are well!
Chels

degvge said...

Psalm 91

My Refuge and My Fortress

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say[a] to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."


3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.



7A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.



9Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place--
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]--
10no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.



11For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.



14"Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation."

'nuff said, really. Isn't it absolutely amazing? I could have just linked it, but it answers all this so fully, I had to paste in full

This is such an enormous topic: Do we really *trust* God? Is he REAL enough to us that we can cast our anxieties/fears on Him? Are our prayers in vain? (I think Ezekiel has a lot to say on this, btw!)

Over the last year - as I have come to know Jesus - I have considered Christ's reality (and, therefore, his trustworthiness) a great deal. Any progress in seeing Him clearer has been by grace rather than by effort. Part of that grace has been delivered through two, amazing pastors. I highly recommend stuff by John MacArthur (sermon transcripts & q/a @ gty.org) or John Piper (desiringgod.org) on the topic of anxiety/fear as roots of unbelief.

Piper in particular has a very clear, logical thesis that anxiety is really just unbelief and false pride. "Future Grace" is a great book that uncovers anxiety/lust/depression/pride etc for what they really are - unbelief in Jesus and his all-sufficient, infalliable, inerrant Word.

Oh, that we would see the truth in Him.

Grace and Peace,
n.e.w.

degvge said...

Indeed we are. She's gorgeous!!

Kristin Goldfinch said...

I'm so excited to have found you all!! Tim Goldsmith has added you to his list of blogs. It looks like you're all doing very well in NYC. I can't believe how much The Boy has grown and The Girl... isn't she gorgeous!!! I never did get to say congratulations.

I read postsecret every Sunday and I too get the feeling of sadness from what people post. I also get a lightness though - I sometimes feel the relief that the posters must feel having finally shared their secret. I hope it is a carthetic experience for them.

You can take a peek at Charlotte's goings on at either www.xanga.com/apirl_finch or www.goldfinchfamily.com.

Love to you all. Kristin, Phil and Charlotte

Anonymous said...

"No image from this site may be used for any purpose without expressed written authorization, with one exception; you may post one image as a link to this site." postsecret.com

Justin said...

Dear postsecret.com [and my readers],

I humbly apologise for using more than one image [without a link to your site]. I did not get to the bottom of your site that deals in legal matters.

I have now corrected it as per your requirements. It was not my intention to do the wrong thing.

Justin.

degvge said...

Now that's a humble and contrite spirit ;-)

Justin said...

For those still reading the comments: Here is another important take by Scott Tubman.