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"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
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You know those moments when you wake in the night, when your defences are down and your imagination is up? Your brain starts percolating like a coffee pot but the only thing you’re brewing is worry and doubt, not a macchiato.
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I have moments when I worry; sometimes more than others. Do you? A friend of mine used to think worrying was a good thing because 95% of the things he worried about never materialized. He concluded “it must be doing some good”. We all worry, it’s part of the human journey. But it’s not a good thing. We know that. So what's to be done about it?
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There is a devotional on my phone so when these moments rear their ugly head I can reach for some wisdom. But at 3:00 am my brain is half awake; actually half is generous to describe the state of my head at that time of the morning. I try to pray but I can’t seem to form an intelligible sentence. Frustration seeps in and I start to get agitated. “Why, Lord, when I need to talk to you, are you so far away?” Then I berate myself for blaming God for my inability to connect with Him.
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Ordinary, everyday situations can put our faith to the test, let alone a global pandemic. Not only have we worried about health and the safety of our children but there have been worries about jobs, childcare, relationships, elderly family in nursing homes, and bills. This pandemic has not only been a threat to our health but for some of us, to our relationship with God.
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The Bible has much to say about not worrying. “be anxious for nothing”. Philippians 4:6 Jesus said “don’t worry about tomorrow” Matthew 6:34. The Proverbs says “anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down” 12:25.
God knows the deleterious affects of worry on our body, our brain, our emotions and He gives us the tools to combat those affects. So, don’t worry. Pray for God’s help to NOT worry. And try a practical solution: Go for a walk. Hug your kids or grandkids. Take an exercise class - Selah's a good idea! Personally, I clean closets. Do whatever it takes to get your mind off the things that are on your mind.
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The world has changed since the pandemic. Changes for good as well as those that are difficult to accept. We all have our valid opinions on which is which! But the one thing I know we all agree on is that God does not change. His love, His grace, His peace are eternal. Everything else but God will pass away.
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Now, more than ever, we need to put our trust in Him. And He has given us the words to do that. Words we need to hold in our hearts, not try to read in the wee small hours. If we commit them to memory and believe that they are true, then God is there with us, restoring our peace. Even at 3:00 am.