Friday, June 10, 2016

When we worry

Some events this week pulled me down. Prayer requests from friends brought more sad news. My heart was overwhelmed.

We all experience that place, sometimes. Worry slurps us in, darkness threatens and sadness takes hold. Our troubles loom larger than life. It’s hard to stay focused and take the next step.

When we worry, we are in essence saying these things are bigger than God. They are not! They may seem so at the moment, but then I recall the big picture. I remember our Loving Father, His character and His promises.

He’s the One who created all things intricate and beautiful … the One who works all things together for good … the One who is all powerful and knows our concerns even before we speak.

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

When we worry, we are not focused on God, but on our own troubles. We feel the pain but we don’t have to stay there. These things are temporary – no matter how gloomy it seems. Our response can be to draw close to God and depend on Him. God is not limited in any way. He can breathe the word and change any situation. He wants us to focus our eyes on Him, walk with Him, trust in Him. Abide in Him through everything.

Many times I have been in a place WAY OVER MY HEAD. What do I do? Where do I start? My stomach clenches in a knot and my tears flow. But then I turn my eyes to Him with a simple prayer: “Dear God, help me.” My faith is in Him.

“God, this is way bigger than I can handle. But I am never alone. You are a Father of great love. I am your precious child and you know my needs. You comfort me, strengthen me, give me hope and direction. Show me a solution. Nudge me the way I need to go. I bring you my five loaves and two fish (all that I have) and that is enough because you multiply my efforts. I am inadequate but you are more than adequate.

Dear friends, whatever is on your heart … harsh words spoken, relationships broken, finances lacking, health failing, demands mounting or confusion abounding … He is near and He is Lord. Surrender it all.

Dear God, thank you that there is no trouble too big for you. You are already at work changing, redeeming, restoring because we trust in You.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ...(Matt. 6:25-34).

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