I wasn't prepared to have a kid grow up.
I thought I was. I thought it would be nice to have less daily responsibility and let him take care of his own needs, freeing me up. I knew he had a good head on his shoulders and chose his path wisely. I could see God captured his heart before he left, instilling in me confidence he would seek God's guidance.
But no one told me when he left our home worry would replace his presence.
I worry about him getting signed up for the right classes, getting good grades, succeeding in his job, staying healthy. I worry about whether he's made his car payment or eaten today or washed his sheets in the last month. I worry about his future and how he'll support a family. I worry about job opportunities in his chosen field.
I worry too much.
And it's wrong. God doesn't want us to waste our days worrying. He promises us peace.
Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled,
nor let it be fearful.”
John 14:27 NASB
How do we get this peace? How can I not be troubled? Jesus told us earlier in this same passage.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
In essence He says, "Hey, stop worrying, just trust me already, 'kay?" Why is trust so important?
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:15, 18
Did you catch that? In quietness and trust is your STRENGTH! The Lord LONGS to be gracious to you. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
These are nice words, but so much easier said than done. How can trust help me not worry? Wait, I got a verse for that too!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Here's how I practice trusting God. When I start to worry, I pray, making my requests, and then trust Him by assuming He's got it handled. Now don't think this is easy. Sometimes I'm doing this over and over in a short time span, but when I truly trust God, I can move on with peace knowing God's going to take care of my son. He loves him way more than I do.
Have you tried conquering your worry with trust? What do you need to practice leaving in His hands? Do not be worried. Do not be fearful. Trust and He will give you peace.
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