Remember the old Paul Simon song, Slip Slidin' Away? The chorus goes like this...
Slip slidin' away, slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip slidin' away.
I was just sitting and thinking about my week and those words just came to mind.
Kind of funny really because I was never a Paul Simon fan. I didn't even know it was his song.
So...I Googled the words slip slidin' away and there it was. I am a fan of Google!
So, I was thinking how sometimes I just feel like that. Like I'm slippin' and slidin' away from everything,
and everyone, that I know is good for me. It's like my old self comes back and tries to take over.
Then my world starts spinnin' and before I know it I'm on that old slippery path and I'm...
Slip Slidin' Away right on down it! Yes, I've noticed little things popping up, here and there, the last couple weeks but didn't really think there was a problem. Then this morning I received a call...
My wake up call came in at about 11:30 last night. I was asleep but remember trying to fight my way out of it. When I finally did I was filled with unbelievable fear. It was so bad I could hardly breathe. Then all these thoughts started pouring into my head. Thoughts like...you are totally alone...everyone is gone...your friends are gone...your family is gone...you are alone. So I thought about it for a minute and the next thing that popped into my head was...do you hear how quiet it is? It's quiet because Jesus has come back and you were left here because He didn't really love you. You have been too bad! Your whole life time was a mess and nothing has really changed...you have not really changed! Well...fighting to wake up from a bad dream and then feeling nothing but total fear...I started to believe it! I turned on the stereo to find there was no dj on the Christian station. It was just taped segments. Wow...not good! Went to the computer and saw that there had been nothing changed on it since about 10 p.m. More bad news! Just as I really started to panic and wonder what I was going to do my thoughts changed. I said just a couple of words...help me! Then the new words in my head were...
Stop and think about this. Everything is okay. Just go back to bed and go to sleep. It's all okay. Your okay. It was like PEACE just sort of fell over me. All the fear was gone! I went to bed...turned off my light...and next thing I new the alarm was going off!
I believe that was just the devil trying to shake me up...rock my boat a bit. For a few minutes I let him...I played right into his hand. Then I turned to the One that has my life in His hands and I called out to Him. That's when it all changed. Jesus took over and satan had to flee! All you really have to do is just...call on Him.
What I'm saying in all of this is you don't have to be afraid. God is always with you.
Joshua 1:9This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Psalm 27:1The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?