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When you Feel a Worry Coming on
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3, NIV
Looking back, to my Mother’s agony in pain and battle for her life against cancer, I’ve seen her suffer daily. We are torn emotionally but despite of her situation. I’ve seen a positive outlook and cheerfulness that amazes me. I believe the key is her faith and hope in the future. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or discouraged by the stresses and problems of my life, I think of my Mom. I am simply unable to feel sorry for myself when I reflect on her courage. My mother is my powerful lesson in hope and faith.
The time of distress and anguish ahead of us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger, a faith that will not crumble even though it is tested severely. Jacob’s persistent prayer is an evidence of victory (see Gen. 32:24-30) all who will lay hold of God’s promises, as Jacob’s did, will succeed as he succeeded. Wrestling with God- how few know what it is! When waves of despair sweep over the needy, praying ones, how few cling with faith to the promises of God.
“When I walk, I walk slowly. When I sit, I sit loosely. And when I feels worry comin’ on, I just goes to sleep.” Quote from old woman who once told Lyndon B. Johnson, former president of the United States that he was feeling fine because he had followed the advice of an old woman who once said this quote, the old woman was not even a psychologist, but she gave great advice to those who live in high-tech, high-stress world plagued with depression, worry, and anxiety.
These phrases give me encouragement in life.
First, “When I walk, I walk slowly.” In other words, don’t rush through life. Slow down enough to enjoy the scenery and stop to smell the flowers along the way. Feel the air in your skin and breathe deeply.
Second, “When I sit, I sit loosely.” Don’t get too comfortable with what you have, who you are, or what you do. Life is difficult, and sometimes circumstances beyond your control can rip your security away and force change upon you. It is best to be flexible in times like this. Others say, “Hang loose, mon”!
And Third, “When I feel worry comin’ on, I just goes to sleep.” Sleep is a great battery charger. As life falls apart and you don’t think you can cope, one of the best things you can is get some sleep. Things always look brighter in the morning!
God has some great advice too. Read again Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:27-35. Why do you worry, since if God take care of little things such as birds and flowers, He can take care of you even more? All He asks you to do is live one day at a time.
Peter underscores this same message in 1 Peter 5:7, in which he says we should give our cares to God. Letting go and allowing Christ to take care of you and your problems isn’t as easy as it sounds if you’re used to fixing things yourself. But God says if you’ll just trust in Him, He’ll give you perfect peace. Why not give it a try.
Give all your worries to the Lord and trust that He will answer your prayers, and He will give you perfect peace.
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV
- “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 NIV
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 NIV
- "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you". Psalm 56:3 NIV
- "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you". Deut 31:6 NIV
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