As a little kid, I had no worries. Clothes…supplied. Food…supplied. Shelter…supplied. I grew up in a wonderful, loving, Christian home. No worries. I was dependent on my parents for all my needs, I believed they would be supplied and they were. Children have a right to expect this, I realize not all children are blest with this, but children DO have that right. Just as a child, basic needs were supplied, as a child of God my needs will also be supplied.
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:28-34 (New King James Version)
YET…I worry! I fret! I get upset about things. I Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (NKJV) The New International Version says it like this: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
In Hope for Each Day (February 18) Billy Graham says it like this, “In other words, let God do the worrying! He (God) says, ‘I’ll take the burden – don’t give it a thought – leave it to me.’
Never forget: God is bigger than your problems. Whatever worries press upon you today, put them in God’s hands – and leave them there.”
So, I have to ask myself…what is wrong with me? Why can I NOT let it go? Whatever IT is???? The controlling part of me can be a real pain in my neck! If I think it is such a pain in my neck, I wonder if God doesn’t just roll his eyes at me sometimes and think, “When will she learn? When will she realize that I DO have things under control?”
Does anyone else struggle with this? Sometimes I feel like I am the only person in the world that prays to let things go and to leave them at the cross…thens goes back and picks it up. I drag it along like a ball and chain. Am I the only one that does that?
Lord, here I am. AGAIN. I am trying Lord. I am trying to let go. Please help me. I do not want to carry this burden. I really do want to let you take control. But, I am struggling, Lord. I am afraid. Not afraid that you can’t handle it…afraid of the outcome, even if you are in charge. Yes, Lord, I am afraid that I will not like the outcome. So, Lord, I am first asking for grace to let it go, then grace to accept whatever you will is. Maybe I should ask for those in reverse order, Lord, I don’t know, but please give me the grace I need for I know that you have my bests interests in mind. I know that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV) So, it is in your hands Lord. I am leaving it with you. I do not want the burden back. Please give me the grace to leave it there. Be with my friends Beth & Stacey; guide their families. Be with Andy, Lord. I am clinging to the promise in Proverbs 22:6. Thank you for the weekend, Lord. May it be a restful, peaceful time to re-charge. Bless John with a safe trip and a good retreat; bring him home on Sunday, refreshed and ready to deal with the challenges he faces. Thank you, Lord…for everything. I mean that, Lord, for EVERYTHING…thank you.
Friends…please pray with me for the matters of my heart. This is, after all, the world wide web, so I will not put it here in detail, but I would appreciate your prayers. Thank you in advance for praying and listening.
Peace and blessings………..