Hello! How is everyone? How was your week? It always amazes me how time flies during a three day weekend, but, when you go back to work on Tuesday, it slows down. Hmmm… Anyway, I have been talking to many people lately and the amount of various struggles people are going through simultaneously is crazy. People seem to be getting hit from all sides. I feel that God is bringing certain things to an end in peoples lives-certain seasons or areas that are in desperate need of change. Definitely a change from depending on oneself to depending on God-and only God can bring that change. Unfortunately, change usually brings anxiety. I believe the anxiety is caused by the lack of control one has in these personal areas. The “funny” thing about change is that it is constant-with us or without us life brings change. However, God and His ways do not change because He is constant. “For I am the LORD, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6)
The Bible says “The fear of the LORD leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.” (Proverbs 19:23″ To fear God is to honor Him. And how do we honor God? By believing He is true to His word and that He will take care of us. He does this out of love-not obligation. God has not only shown me His, but, He continues to prove it to me. You see, Jesus hears the prayers of His children and He brings them to His heavenly Father as He intercedes for us. Just tonight, my friend called me and told me a tornado was heading towards her town in Mena, Arkansas and asked for prayer because she had less than 20 minutes to take cover. Talk about casting your anxieties on God!! While the clock was ticking, she heard banging on her door-which happened to be her son and grandson. They were traveling home and needed to take shelter so they only had time to get to her house. Then we prayed. I prayed from New York and she was literally in her prayer closet waiting out the tornado. After 30-40 minutes, she called me to let me know that the tornado “fell apart” before reaching her town. Coincidence? Maybe. But, we believe it was the answer to prayer. God changed her immediate circumstances. Obviously, He doesn’t always respond that way-but He did tonight (May 30, 2013). This testimony is for the glory of God! God hears and responds to needs of His children and to His creation.
I have another friend who is also going through a tremendous struggle because she and her husband are losing their Christian school and have to start all over. I am constantly encouraging her because God knows what’s going on but, will only intervene at the appropriate time. “The streps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” (Psalm 37:23-25). I remember about 12 years ago, my job was outsourced. It was an end to a season at the company where I worked. I had my severance with medical benefits for 1 year. God provided a job for me at the very end of my severance. My medical benefits ended on June 30th and my new job started July 1st-with health benefits. I did not have to wait to get them. He gave me continuous coverage. Of course I would have preferred my new job at the beginning of the year; but, God wanted me to depend on Him and if I had gotten my job sooner, I would not have developed the intimate relationship I have with God today.I had to depend on Him for EVERYTHING! “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13: 5-6). It is through our humility with God we are able to know Him. Usually when things are going well, people are around and we don’t think of God because we act as if we don’t need Him. However, once something bad happens which involves some form of loss, He is the only one standing beside us waiting to lift us up and out of our predicament.
There is just not enough time to tell you how God has loved and cared for me during my life- time. I had to let go of my anxieties of the unknown and trust Him for a better “now” because we do not know what tomorrow may bring. I did not let go of stuff so willingly. But, God is gentle and a gentleman. He does not rip things out of our hands. He waits for us to open them instead so He can replace it with something better.
I pray that as you acknowledge some or any of your anxieties, you will humble yourself and get quiet before God and cast them on the LORD. Let Him show you how much He loves and cares for you as you walk Every Day With Grace.
In His Love,