May 14, 2008

Don't Worry...Trust, Pray, and Soar!

Of all things in the world I awoke the other night at 3 am concerned about the price of oil. Not greasy oil itself, but the ripple affect of its soaring price. I was extremely concerned how it would affect our son who is about to embark on his new journey as an adult in the world. Then, I wondered what it would do to those who are already poor and in need. Would it usher in more desperate and violent acts by those unable to make ends meet? Surely the future holds many trials and tribulations for each and every one of us. So, I began to worry.

Peering into the darkness of the bedroom, I mulled over a multitude of troublesome scenarios. As my mind whipped into a tornado of concerns, the Lord spoke truth to my heart saying, “I have never forgotten my children in the past and I will not fail to provide for them today. Do not worry, simply trust in Me and everything will be alright.”

Like a fresh and Holy wind, His words parted the menacing clouds of worry that had begun to steal my hope in the wee hours of the morning. After all it is true. God has never forsaken any of His children, and He isn’t about to begin now. The Psalmist believed then what we must trust in today, “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. (Psalm 125:1)

Think of worry as an opportunity to pray. When you watch the news reports of cyclones, earthquakes, tornados, and terrorist attacks, choose not to worry and opt instead to pray for those in need. And when tempted to fear what the future holds for your children, use it as an occasion to ask God to protect and provide for them, then trust He will do it.

Worry never builds up. It only serves to deplete and tear down. But, when we trust in God, He lifts us up on the wings of eagles and grants us His peace that passes all understanding.

“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 important than food, and the body more important 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-27

“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

12 comments:

littlerad said...

Nancy,
God must be helping us both with the same worry, I my self have been worring about gas prices... See my husband is retired and he stays home, and I work just about full time and we are just making it, but I have faith that the Lord will provide.. He has never let us down...
Connie
GBU

littlerad said...

Nancy,
God must be helping us both with the same worry, I my self have been worring about gas prices... See my husband is retired and he stays home, and I work just about full time and we are just making it, but I have faith that the Lord will provide.. He has never let us down...
Connie
GBU

Michelle V said...

Nancy,
So, true and definitely what I needed to be reminded of today! I worry about providing for my family, and I worry about the future of my boys. But, you are right that we should instead turn those into opportunities to pray over those things and pray for my children. Thank you for those beautiful thoughts today!

Michelle

Mommyluann said...

I was just thinking today about the "renewel of strength" that comes from waiting on the Lord. Good post, Nancy.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Timely post. I've spent a few moments worrying this week about many of the same things...gas, groceries, world tragedies, how it's all going to work out, etc.

Thanks for soothing my anxious thoughts.

peace~elaine

Longmeadow Mama said...

"Think of worry as an opportunity to pray." I LOVE that!!!!
Thank you!
Kelli

valerie said...

My husband drives 40 miles each way to work every day. He just got finished telling me he put $57...all he had on him...in his truck today. It's hard for everyone right now. I know too that God will provide. He always does.
I love all of the promises from God's Word that you wrote on this post. When we pray His Word and stand on His promises, it is so soothing.
Have a blessed evening.
Love,
Valerie

Tommy's mommy said...

What a wonderful post. Thank you for taking the time for that wonderful reminder. Worry and anxiousness are quick to get the better of me sometimes, but I do try to remember that if I trust in God then all of my needs will be taken care of.

Take care! Sandi

Kimberly said...

Nancy,
Thanks for you comment on my blog. God is so good and gives us as parents many teachable moments for our children. I am so thankful that He promises to make beauty from ashes. I am a walking example of that.

Blessings,
Kimberly

littlerad said...

Nancy,
I finished my Meme that you tagged me for sorry it took so long...

Maria Cristina said...

Nancy ---- you write so well, so eloquently: I truly needed to read this today!!! thank you, thank you , thank you!

mc

~kay said...

I really needed this tonight. Worry can consume my life if I let it. Worry over this and that. I think the media helps perpetuate my worries...always negatvie.
Thanks for the timely reminder. Aren't we blessed that God provides for us.