Don’t you just hate it when you are going through a time of stress or difficulties that cause you to begin to worry and then some Pollyanna comes along and says:
Recently I have been stressed out. My husband and I have begun downsizing and making plans to move to a smaller place which will require less work for us “old folks.” Then the only child that lives close to us moved to another state leaving us without any family close by.
So—-all this began a series of decisions to make.
First, where do we move to? Which of our children live in an area that will work best for us as we age? (And the worry that when we decided we might hurt the feelings of our children who we did not move by. Would they think we like one child better than the other?) And depending on where we moved, we might be closer to some but be moving even further away from others.
Decision made. All is well. Our children are wonderful and totally in agreement with our decision.
So—all this starts another series of decisions to make.
How much should we ask for the sale of our house? What do we keep and what do we get rid of as we move into a smaller home? The possessions we are not going to keep – do we sell them, give them to children, take them to Goodwill?
So—how do we find a new place in another state?
New home found.
So—now to do all the things required when you make a move. Utilities turned off here, turned on there. Address changes made. Find new doctors. (This is very important for us as we both have heart issues and are diabetics.) Get involved in new church. Pack up everything carefully for a move of almost 400 miles. On and on this list goes.
So – I have been worried a lot lately about all these decisions and things to be done.
Then, today I read the words of my precious Savior in the Gospel of Luke.
“That is why I tell you, don’t worry about life, wondering what you are going to eat. And stop bothering about what clothes you will need. Life is much more important than food, and the body more important than clothes. Think of the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, and they have neither store nor barn, but God feeds them. And how much more valuable do you think you are than birds? Can any of you make himself an inch taller however much he worries about it? And if you can’t manage a little thing like this, why do you worry about anything else? Think of the wild flowers, and how they neither work nor weave. Yet I tell you that Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass, which flowers in the field today and is burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you little-faiths? You must not set your heart on what you eat or drink, nor must you live in a state of anxiety. The whole heathen world is busy about getting food and drink, and your Father knows well enough that you need such things. No, set your heart on his kingdom, and your food and drink.”
Jesus is not a Pollyanna, but He clearly reminds us that He knows what we need and He will supply.
So—Don’t worry! Be Happy!
God is in control!