Pencils Calming Me Down

“Pray and let God worry.”
– Martin Luther

How many of you are professional worriers?  

Do you ever find yourself worried where your food might come from?  Do you ever worry when a relationship might develop, or a job might materialize?  Do you ever worry that your ship might never come in?   I tell you what: I worry.

God is God and you are not

It might sound harsh, but I had to learn that I’m not God (and neither are you).  Sometimes the best we can do is all that we can do.  Sometimes you and I work hard, hustle, and plan smartly, but there is no fruit.  I know it might not seem right and it seems unfair sometimes, but God is in control.  So in these times, I immerse myself in the Psalms, and try to find myself in the prayerbook of God’s people.  I pray alongside the psalmists, I weep next to them and cry out to God in despair.  God is God, and I am not.

Fortunately, God does ride in to rescue us, but it’s often on his own time frame (as my friend Jon Varner explained).

God will provide

This one is a little bit tougher to chew on, but God will provide when things get messy.  God will provide when things get hopeless and it seems like all is lost.  He cares for those sparrows outside your window, and he provides for those flowers in the field.

In your moments of crisis, pray and let God worry about providing for those needs.  Do the work, of course.  Be wise and make good choices, but let God provide for your needs.  

Let God Worry

As one of my goals for the year, I decided to read through the Bible.  As I’m daily being immersed in the stories of Scripture, I am (re)discovering that the people of God have a history of having their backs to the wall.  When things look dark and hopeless, when all is nearly lost, that is when God shows up.

Do you remember the scene in the movie/book The Two Towers where Helm’s Deep was overrun by Saruman’s dark forces?  The king and his remaining men made a desperate charge out of the fortress into the seemingly endless tide of enemies.  And it seemed that when hope was fading, it was there that hope was rekindled.  

It is there in impossible circumstances, when hope is nearly lost, that Gandalf returns with the Riders of Rohan.  It is there, when darkness nearly consumed the land that hope resurged and victory was found.  

That’s how I see God working sometimes.  He shows up when things look dark.  It might not always look like how we planned it out in our heads, but he shows up and brings his people victory.  He’s done it before and he’ll certainly do it again.

How do you fight worrying?

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