God Does Not Care

When we are wrought with some debilitating fear, crushed by guilt for a failure or indiscretion, perhaps when we’re teetering with anxiety over all that could go wildly wrong – I get the sense that sometimes God simply does not care.

I do not mean that God forgets how, in God’s deep being, he exists as love. I do not mean that God abandons his tender attention toward the slightest spaces of our lives, treating us with the gentleness known only by the One who counts every hair on our head and makes certain even the lilies of the field have all they need. Rather, I mean that God provides us a gift, allowing us to encounter how the things that seek to unravel us are simply not as powerful or important as we’ve imagined. They are far less significant than the steady love that holds us.

I imagine God listens tenderly to our run amok mind, letting us spill clean, gathering it all. Then, I imagine God giving a slight shrug of the shoulders, tilting his head, tenderness in his eyes. Ah, that’s no biggie. Save that energy. You may actually need it one of these days.

9 Replies to “God Does Not Care”

  1. I will carry this with me this weekend as I am preaching on Jesus calming the storm. “allowing us to encounter how the things that seek to unravel us are simply not as powerful or important as we’ve imagined. They are far less insignificant than the steady love that holds us.” This is something of what I believe that encounter reveals for the disciples (and us).

  2. Thanks for this word today…. anxious about my daughter getting into medical school… not sure what plan B, C, or D is. This was what I needed to frame the issues. Bless you Winn.

  3. Winn, I loved this, and the timing was remarkable, this week. (Our family and this anxious world need to GET this!) Am not trying to be specious or carping: just wondered if you meant “..far less SIGNIFICANT…” in the last sentence of the next to last paragraph…. I understand it better that way… but maybe I am pea-brained, this week…
    Blessings on you~
    Catie

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