I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:21 (NIV)
Ever have one of those problems that seems to get stuck in your brain. No matter how hard you try to push it out, the problem keeps snapping back into the forefront of your thoughts. It's like the song you can't get out of your head. It plays over and over and over again.
It is especially bothersome if there is nothing you can do about it and you know there is nothing you can do about it. Very frustrating.
I have one of those problems right now. I think about it, realize there is nothing I can do to fix it so I pray about it, ask God to take it and try to move on. Next thing I know, there is is again. What do you do?
I started imagining what it would be like to actually make God my fortress. A place I could go into to be safe or at least be at peace. How do you do that?
The dictionary says that a fortress is "a fortified place :stronghold; especially :a large and permanent fortification." It also says "a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance." Then I wondered, how do you fortify something and one of the answerd to that question came up as "strengthening or improvement, as by addition of or intensification with another ingredient."
Humor me for a minute. If I want to get rid of something that is harassing me and I want to fortify myself, all I have to do is add another ingredient that will strengthen or improve my situation. Right?
How about an intense focus on Jesus using prayer, music and the Bible. If I am being intensely harassed, wouldn't it make sense to intensely counter with something soothing and peaceful? I am going to try it. Going forward every time I think about the thing that I can't do anything about, I am going to pray, sing and read my Bible.
How about you? What methods do you use to get your head on straight when it's being led down the wrong path?