I woke up tired; definitely not a good way to start the day. Unable to turn off my mind, I had tossed and turned the previous night. I couldn’t help but think about all the what ifs from a situation that Trent and I are walking through right now. This situation has been going on for months and it feels like it’s never going to end. (We’ve all walked through difficult situations and I’m sure that you can relate.)
I sat down on my rocker recliner ready for my daily devotions and prayed that God would show me something and speak deep into my heart.
As I read the following words from my devotional, Jesus Calling, I felt like they had been written just for me. “Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust me. I may not necessarily remove your problems, but My wisdom is sufficient to bring good out of every one of them (Romans 8:28).”
Boy was I convicted by the Holy Spirit! I know that God has my life under control, but there are times when I doubt and begin to worry. Luke 12:25-26 says, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” I’ll paraphrase. God’s saying, “Hey you idiot. I’ve got this under control. You’re not helping yourself by worrying any. Your days could be so much more peaceful if you’d just give it to me.”
As I pondered worrying I remembered how I choose to take my thoughts captive. Usually when I think about taking my thoughts captive, it’s more along the lines of tackling insecurity issues. But as I thought about it, I decided that I could do the same with worrying and decided to take my worries captive that day. Whenever a worry would come into my mind I repeated scriptures, sang a praise song, and so much more. And, what do you know, it worked! To my surprise, at the end of the day I noticed that I really did worry less.
I’m not quite sure why I doubted the whole idea. I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast our cares upon Him. If I can cast my cares upon Him, I doubt He’d have a problem with me casting my worries upon Him too.
Much like us, I know that many of you are walking down difficult roads. You wonder if God’s there, what will happen in the future and so much more! I want to encourage you to join me in taking your worries captive.
I’ll leave you with one more quote from Jesus Calling. God’s telling me that one of you needs to hear this! “The one who goes ahead of you, opening up the way, is the same One who stays close and never lets go of your hand.”