May I make a suggestion that could positively change your life? Find a bench and sit on it. The worries of the world can melt away on a bench. The stress, the fear, the anxiety fade with every kiss from a gentle and warm breeze. Life just becomes a little easier in each passing moment. Spend a minute. Spend an hour. Just spend it open to possibility.

Look, we all have troubles in this world. We all see it from a different perspective. We hope we can make it through. We have faith, even, that even in the darkest of nights the sun will rise. We may struggle to see the light, but with everything we have, we believe it will come. It was never promised to be easy. In fact, Jesus tells us in John that it won’t, and if anybody knows it would be the Son of God, right?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 NIV

Jesus wants us to have peace. He wants us to take heart. To be encouraged. To have confidence in Him. In his plan to support you. To guide you. To get you through it. He wants you to trust Him completely.

When you sit on a bench, you trust it. You allow it to hold you. You don’t worry, you don’t fret. You believe. Is Jesus not more trustworthy than a bench?

This Summer, I’ve spent a lot of time sitting on a bench. Full of worry, anxiety, despair, I approached with caution. Where would I go? Who would I become? Is this the end of it all for me? But the bench didn’t fail me. It does what it does best. It allowed me to stop and be still. That’s the magic that can be found in a bench.

I have been able to be still. To open my heart, my mind, my soul. To say Jesus, I know you have this. Just tell me what to do. Guide me. And he does. Never perfect in clarity, but step by step, he’s showing me how to be okay again. To believe in the goodness of the world. To find a semblance of peace and happiness. To reclaim a little joy in my life.

My social anxiety is still ever present. It’s still a mortal enemy. But because of sitting on a bench, I’ve been allowed to push it away. To say not now. To overcome. This has resulted in trips to Six Flags with friends. Countless games of cornhole with others. Breakfasts. Lunches. Dinners. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing plenty of movies. I’ve learned a new game. Seen many smiles. Hugged many people. I’ve begun to discover a little bit of what my life had been missing. I’ve become okay. I’ve progressed. I still got things to work through, but everyday brings me closer.

So, find a bench. Sit. Allow it to work its magic. Allow Jesus to say, “I got this.”

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