Polluting Our Spirits
Since moving back to China, our city has had extra pollution. There has been a thick fog covering our city blocking the sun and sky. Outside our windows we have a perfect view of factory smoke billowing out (yes the image above is out our window). This pollution affects our view, emotions, and health.
This morning during worship, God brought the environment to my mind. I felt He said stress has the same effect on our spirit. When we feel overwhelmed by what we need to do, what we are being asked to do, or what we want to do, these things begin to fill our minds. Stress evades our thoughts. Anything other than the object of our stress becomes burdens and obstacles – even family, exercise, and time with God.
Paul advises us to not be anxious on anything, instead go after the peace of God through prayer and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). Jesus tells us cast our cares on Him because His burden us light (1 Peter 5:7 & Matthew 11:30). Stress is not a part of God’s plan for us.
The Wind of God
Just like pollution to the environment, stress poisons our connection with God. With stress our times with God are not based on His agenda but on working through ours. We want His help or His answers to our burdens.
I feel God wants to remove stress from our lives. His presence is blowing around you. He wants us to stop, turn our focus on Him, and breathe deep His peace. Let’s sit in His presence to soak in His calm. This is His desire for us. We will accomplish more for His kingdom and our lives carrying His peace where ever we go.
Yes this is an excellent way of describing how stress affects our prayers… and you moved back to China! Grace and peace to you! God’s timing is so unique
Jesus is wonderful!
This article is several years old. We had left for a couple months to raise support and visit family, then went back. That was what the article is referencing. My family has now been back in the US for just over 3 years.
This was SUCH a GREAT (& timely!) article for me, today… I’m thinking of getting a picture, poster-size, of industrial pollution happening (like in your picture) & hanging it up in my “LIVING-room”, to KEEP ME REMINDED of this reality! Thanks for sharing this, Prayer Coach!
I’m not sure what kind of atmosphere will be created with a pollution picture in the home. I know seeing that outside my bedroom window was not enjoyable. But it is great concept to keep aware of. If you find a picture you like, I loved to see how it turns out.