And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
We all have difficult situations in life that must be dealt with. The problem is that so few of us regularly turn to Christ when these situations present themselves. We think that if we could just focus on our problems we would be able to work them out all on our own. The dilemma with concentrating so hard on these problems is that when we are preoccupied with them, our focus is no longer on the Lord. I find this to be a vicious cycle. The longer we stress over our own problems, the longer we ignore the Lord. Furthermore, the longer we ignore the Lord, the larger our problems will become.
How are you doing this week? Have you found yourself worrying about what tomorrow may bring? Do you have an exam coming up at school, a difficult relationship with your parents, or some other source of stress? How much time do you spend focusing on this situation? Imagine what would happen if you could stop worrying? Why not take your eyes off of the problem and look towards Jesus. Can you see Him? My guess is that His arms are wide open. His eyes wait in anticipation to make contact with yours. Let Him love you. He longs to help you through your situation. He is speaking to you if you would listen. “Seek after Me and know My kingdom first, then everything else will fall into place.” Do you hear Him?
The last thing the Lord wants is for your day to be long and stressful. There is good news in knowing this. The good news is that He can help you if you desire. He holds the universe in the palms of His hands. If you ask me I would say those are some large hands. Christ says to “Cast all your cares upon Him.” He will gladly take them. If this whole universe can fit in the palm of our Lord’s hand, He must be able to handle ANY problem that comes our way. How fast our worries must disappear in those large, loving hands. Will you trust the Lord in all your situations, or just the good ones? Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment as you go through your day?
[Written June 2003]