Temporary Atheist

The news notification vibrated my phone.  The headline grabbed my attention.  It was to hard to pass up.

"Election Chaos Anticipated"  

I clicked on it, started reading, and immediately regretted my decision.  My pulse started to race as I read about the potential for unrest after the November elections.   My old nemesis anxiety had once again invaded my already frazzled head space.

2020 has been a bumper year for fear and worry.

  • A global pandemic
  • Riots in our cities
  • Political, social, and racial unrest
  • Conspiracy Theories

Throw in a toilet paper shortage and murder hornets and the acid really starts to surge in your stomach!

As I read the story I started to imagine a world in which I and my family were suffering.

Then I recalled a phrase I recently came across.

"Anxiety is temporary atheism."

Think about it for a moment.  Worry comes.  The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now overhead, and for a moment they block out our view of God.  We allow thoughts of abandonment, and visions of cataclysm, to overwhelm our senses.  We suspend belief in a God who invites us to come to him when we are weary and overwhelmed.

"Anxiety is temporary atheism."

In Matthew 8 Jesus is in a boat with his disciples:

"Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Matthew 8:24-26

The disciples seem to forget who is in the boat with them. The fact that Jesus is sleeping has always made smile.  Our storms don't fluster God.  He can nap through the furious and still push back against life's ferocious waves.

So are there areas where you are a "temporary atheist"?

Next time you face this crisis, instead of worrying, remember the one who calms the storm.  

He's bigger than any headline.

1 Comment

Janet Shaw - September 8th, 2020 at 4:23pm

Thank you! I needed that, especially today!