Monday, January 20, 2020

Rabbit Trails

By Andrea Merrell

We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought
and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 
2 Corinthians 10:5 TPT

The speaker was not holding my attention. My eyelids were heavy. No matter how hard I tried, my mind would not stay focused. The man kept taking rabbit trails and never seemed to find his way back to the main point. I left there wondering if he even had a main point.

We all have a tendency at times to veer off the subject at hand, but the Lord showed me one day how anxious thoughts are like rabbit trails. Those thoughts branch off in all directions, taking us off course and away from our foundation of trust in Him. The more anxious we become, the further away we find ourselves.

We’re told not to be anxious about anything, to cast all our care on Him, and to fret not. Anxiety causes worry, and worry leads to fear. The Bible says fear contains torment. It clouds our thinking and keeps us wandering around on those trails, lost in the woods of doubt and unbelief.

How do we find our way back to that place of peace and rest? By calling on the Lord. A simple “forgive me” or “help me” will get us back on the right path and restore our trust in the One who has promised to be with us always.

Don’t allow anxious thoughts to keep your heart and mind in a tangled knot. When they come against you, say what my former pastor used to say: “That’s NOT my thought.” Bring those thoughts captive and insist that they bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 

(Photo courtesy of and Sira Anamwong.)