verb: to move physically out of position, to take the place of
"...It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." Phillippians 4:7 MSG
Are you a worrier? I am. I hate to admit it, but I really am. My first thought when I wake up in the morning is often something stressful.
I don't know what to do about...
How am I going to...?
This is too hard...
The center of our life. Our hearts, our souls, our minds. Worry and fear are not supposed to have that place.
Christ wants to be there. He wants to calm us, heal us, hold us through the stresses and hurts in our lives. He can displace our worries...
Displace: to move out of position, to take the place of. That's what boats do to water. A huge tanker stacked with freight, a ferry boat loaded with hundreds of cars, a weathered old rowboat. The mass of the boat pushes the water out of the way, and takes its place. That's how if stays afloat. (Well, that, and some Archimedes density theory that I don't completely understand.)
So, the displaced worries? They're floating around somewhere. Of course, we are going to think about the things in our life that concern us. But, if we let Jesus be our "lifeboat" of peace, if we focus on Him, those anxious thoughts get smaller and further away from our hearts.
Let's invite Him in: Take a deep breath. Think for a minute about your heart, your soul, your mind. What is taking up the center of you today? If it's not Jesus, ask Him to move things around. He can displace the fear, the anxiety, and the negativity and fill you with His peace. Deep joy. Real hope. Allow the worry to float away from you, and hold onto Him. He knows what you need.