A friend recently sent me an email that included the following article:

“The Harbour Bridge and nearby Opera House are iconic images of Sydney, Australia. But engineers have recently grown alarmed that the famous bridge is showing serious signs of corrosion. Last year city officials spent $12 million fighting an endless battle with rust.

Anxiety is like rust. It coats and corrodes the mind, weakening the entire structure. Worry dissolves our peace just as rust eats away the strength of a bridge — weakening the metal that was formerly strong.

Sydney’s Harbour Bridge will be fine. Workers have been stripping the structure back to bare metal and starting the rustproofing process all over again with special paints. But how do you rustproof the heart?

You simply add a “t” and turn rust to trust. The writer of Psalm 37 said: “Trust in the LORD … Delight yourself also in the LORD… Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him… Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret… trust in Him” (v. 3, 4, 5, 7, 40).

Don’t rust. Trust.”

When I get anxious, it usually stems from something that I don’t have any control over. I need to learn to stop and trust — perhaps then my rusted mind will turn to a trusted mind.

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