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